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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Durin View Post
    The current legal age to purchase alcohol in each state is 21, some states ban consumption of alcohol by those under 21, while others allow it to be consumed with parental permission. Either way I think it should be lowered to 18. Nobody should be able to risk dying for this country and be denied a beer. If you think people are too immature at 18 to drink, they are too immature to join the military or handle weapons. Either we need to increase the age to join the military, or lower the drinking age.

    Everyone at 18 should have done what my old man did to me. Get them really skunked on Sake and see how long it takes for them to drink again.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    Don't understand the logic of a 21 limit. Why on earth would this responsibility and choice of adulthood be delayed beyond all others?
    Seems to be a cultural thing in regards to the US, its also seem to vary on where you are in the US. In New hampshire for example the bars close at 1am and they are strict on how much you can actually drink but then you go to NYC and you can get smashed and drink until the early hours.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    Seems to be a cultural thing in regards to the US, its also seem to vary on where you are in the US. In New hampshire for example the bars close at 1am and they are strict on how much you can actually drink but then you go to NYC and you can get smashed and drink until the early hours.
    Maybe drinking at 18 turns you socialist? . Seriously though youre right, the UK and Ireland are demonstrative of the fact that culture dictates an unhealthy drinking habit rather than legal age, when compared to our continental cousins.

    Anyway within the anglosphere the "late bloomers"in my experience are the most irresponsible with booze.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    Maybe drinking at 18 turns you socialist? . Seriously though youre right, the UK and Ireland are demonstrative of the fact that culture dictates an unhealthy drinking habit rather than legal age, when compared to our continental cousins.

    Anyway within the anglosphere the "late bloomers"in my experience are the most irresponsible with booze.
    Yep I remember when labour introduced 24 hour drinking hours thinking it would slow down the binge drinking instead we saw it as a challenge to drink till breakfast.
    Biggest thing I missed when I moved to the US was being able to drink outside like having a bottle of wine for a picnic, few beers at the beach etc. They are very strict about that.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    I'm just talking about drinking right now. Also, I don't live in any of those nations, so I can't speak for them.
    Oh you should. It's interesting to see how every little facet of life and people's attitudes change from country to country.

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    Yep I remember when labour introduced 24 hour drinking hours thinking it would slow down the binge drinking instead we saw it as a challenge to drink till breakfast.
    Biggest thing I missed when I moved to the US was being able to drink outside like having a bottle of wine for a picnic, few beers at the beach etc. They are very strict about that.
    Ohhh. In respect to this, I have never found it more refreshing to be able to get a beer shandy with company and then find an open spot in the park overlooking a river on a warm spring morning. Just absolutely more than pleasurable. I hate not being able to do this.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    Maybe drinking at 18 turns you socialist? . Seriously though youre right, the UK and Ireland are demonstrative of the fact that culture dictates an unhealthy drinking habit rather than legal age, when compared to our continental cousins.

    Anyway within the anglosphere the "late bloomers"in my experience are the most irresponsible with booze.
    Hell, Ben, your from Ireland. Babies are bottle fed pints of ale. So like there and other European countries....wine is a daily thing. But here in the good old USA...it'a all about getting buzzed a special occasions like Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, my birthday, your birthday, Hitler's birthday, Easter Bunny Day...sunny days, cloudy days...day, night, by ourselves, with somebody...but other than that...Americans rarely drink.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    If you're old enough to work for a living and be held legally and financially liable for your decisions, you're old enough to make your own decisions.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Durin View Post
    The current legal age to purchase alcohol in each state is 21, some states ban consumption of alcohol by those under 21, while others allow it to be consumed with parental permission. Either way I think it should be lowered to 18. Nobody should be able to risk dying for this country and be denied a beer. If you think people are too immature at 18 to drink, they are too immature to join the military or handle weapons. Either we need to increase the age to join the military, or lower the drinking age.

    The age to legally purchase alcohol should be raised to 65, unless the seller is at least 65. That way, if Social Security goes down the drain, the seniors can get into the alcohol business and have a great monopoly. We'd make more than we ever would on SS anyway.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    The legal age should be 18 IMO. You can vote, buy cigarettes, go into combat, get married, live on your own, why not buy alcohol. Makes zero sense to me why it is older then 18.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    I always liked the concept of 3.2% beer for 18 year olds.

    It takes a bit of trying to get drunk on 3.2 beer, but more importantly, you can have a bar and club culture for younger kids who can learn to drink more responsibly.

    I'm not sure what it does for auto fatalities -probably somewhere in between full legalization at 18 and 21, but it seems like a decent compromise. We all know college age kids drink, and do it often. Make it easier for them to do it, but harder for them to get drunk.
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