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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    Depends on the country.
    One of the studies I posted said every single European country had a higher level of teen binge drinking than America except Turkey.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    One of the studies I posted said every single European country had a higher level of teen binge drinking than America except Turkey.
    But again, I've found the contrary. I look at it like this, I prefer dangerous liberty to "safe" regulation, if we trust an 18 year old with military service or the vote, or contracting, or marriage it's then hypocritical to say they aren't mature enough to make decisions on consumption of alcohol, gambling, etc.

    I don't take my position to state that alcohol is a good or bad thing, it's actually both. I don't condone people being completely stupid when drinking, BUT, I heartily support the right to make the decisions.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    I don't take my position to state that alcohol is a good or bad thing, it's actually both. I don't condone people being completely stupid when drinking, BUT, I heartily support the right to make the decisions.
    More to the point (for me, at least, as a parent), if it is indeed a dangerous decision, then I want them to learn how to make it where I can watch out for and guide them.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    But again, I've found the contrary. I look at it like this, I prefer dangerous liberty to "safe" regulation, if we trust an 18 year old with military service or the vote, or contracting, or marriage it's then hypocritical to say they aren't mature enough to make decisions on consumption of alcohol, gambling, etc.

    I don't take my position to state that alcohol is a good or bad thing, it's actually both. I don't condone people being completely stupid when drinking, BUT, I heartily support the right to make the decisions.
    That's why the age should be raised to 21 across the board for ALL of those things. I support the right for ADULTS to make these decisions. An 18-year-old is NOT an adult to me.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    More to the point (for me, at least, as a parent), if it is indeed a dangerous decision, then I want them to learn how to make it where I can watch out for and guide them.
    We have to think about society as a WHOLE and not just what is best for you and your children. AND you can still teach them to be responsible in their habits. The legal drinking age has NOTHING to do with that.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    More to the point (for me, at least, as a parent), if it is indeed a dangerous decision, then I want them to learn how to make it where I can watch out for and guide them.
    I am not a parent, however there is a life situation with me that could lead to step-parenthood. I would see it the way you do, I would rather sit down with the youngster and explain the topic, maybe allow her a sip at a later(much, she's young yet) age and explain that making the decision to drink means there are potential consequences so be safe with it. If later I should be a parent, same issue, I want children to get the full story first, and if they want to imbibe, do so responsibly.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    That's why the age should be raised to 21 across the board for ALL of those things. I support the right for ADULTS to make these decisions. An 18-year-old is NOT an adult to me.
    That's fair, I don't care about either age but I think one should be picked. I also think it should be a state decision but once that age is decided upon it must be universal.

    EDIT - Substitute "favor" for "care", I do care about people. LOL!
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    I am not a parent, however there is a life situation with me that could lead to step-parenthood. I would see it the way you do, I would rather sit down with the youngster and explain the topic, maybe allow her a sip at a later(much, she's young yet) age and explain that making the decision to drink means there are potential consequences so be safe with it. If later I should be a parent, same issue, I want children to get the full story first, and if they want to imbibe, do so responsibly.
    Right, but we don't have to lower the drinking age to teach our children about responsible habits. Alcohol and children do not mix, and it should probably be discouraged as much as possible, but IF they are going to (which they probably will at some point) you give them advice, but really giving your child a sip of liquor is not "teaching" them anything. Like I said, kids are still going to WANT to drink at parties with their peers rather than at home with their parents. Don't you agree?

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Right, but we don't have to lower the drinking age to teach our children about responsible habits. Alcohol and children do not mix, and it should probably be discouraged as much as possible, but IF they are going to (which they probably will at some point) you give them advice, but really giving your child a sip of liquor is not "teaching" them anything. Like I said, kids are still going to WANT to drink at parties with their peers rather than at home with their parents. Don't you agree?
    I do agree. Most of the professional analysis I have seen states that the body and brain are something around 98% developed at 18 which is why I personally think that's the best appropriate age, but again I don't favor 18 or 21 but rather a universal age. In my own opinion if they are going to drink at parties anyway(given I think) then we have to explain what to look out for, what can happen, and give an "out" to them if they over imbibe, like tell them to call us to pick them up, or explain safe options like a taxi, etc.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    I do agree. Most of the professional analysis I have seen states that the body and brain are something around 98% developed at 18 which is why I personally think that's the best appropriate age, but again I don't favor 18 or 21 but rather a universal age. In my own opinion if they are going to drink at parties anyway(given I think) then we have to explain what to look out for, what can happen, and give an "out" to them if they over imbibe, like tell them to call us to pick them up, or explain safe options like a taxi, etc.
    Right, and I'm quite sure most responsible parents do that NOW. It just doesn't always work, and I don't believe that is because of the drinking age.

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