View Poll Results: At what age should people be legally allowed to buy alcohol?

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Thread: What should the drinking age be?

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    Re: What should the drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Remember that Europe for the most part has various laws from stringent to lax and the alcohol crime and death rates there on average are, far, far lower.
    I am assuming you are speaking of Western Europe when you're mentioning Europe here, as if you take Europe as a whole, their intentional homicides rate is pretty much the same as the United States'.
    Of course, this is fully due to Eastern Europe's contribution.
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    Re: What should the drinking age be?

    My bad. The thread title looked like a discussion on the proper aging of wines.
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    Re: What should the drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    I am assuming you are speaking of Western Europe when you're mentioning Europe here
    Indeed. Particularly France.

    as if you take Europe as a whole, their intentional homicides rate is pretty much the same as the United States'.
    Of course, this is fully due to Eastern Europe's contribution.
    Are those homicides alcohol related?
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    Re: What should the drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Indeed. Particularly France.



    Are those homicides alcohol related?
    In Ireland, that's guaranteed.
    In the rest of Europe, I'm not so sure.
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    Re: What should the drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    Absolutely. I agree. However, there is always going to be an "arbitrary" age. If you are considered for all intents and purposes of being an adult at 18, then there is really no reason to say "yeah..but...you are not adult enough to gamble or consume alcohol".
    I agree.

    We only need one age of consent. If you're legal, then you should be legal for all of it.

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    Re: What should the drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by Juliet Bravo View Post
    I agree.

    We only need one age of consent. If you're legal, then you should be legal for all of it.
    Exactly.....and it may not be popular with the younger people here....but personally, I think the driving age should be raised to 18 as well.
    ( I base this on looking back at my own self at 16. Didn't get into any wrecks but I did a lot of stupid things that easily could have resulted in bad consequences. And the reality is, there really wasn't any over-riding reason why I needed to be driving at 16. It made it easier for me to get to high school....but I think the exercise would have done me good)
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    Re: What should the drinking age be?

    My view is that some drinks like beer and maybe wine should be at 18 and hard licoror should be at 21.

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    Re: What should the drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Serious View Post
    My view is that some drinks like beer and maybe wine should be at 18 and hard licoror should be at 21.
    What difference does it make? You can get just as drunk on beer/wine as you can on tequila and whiskey.
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    Re: What should the drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    What difference does it make? You can get just as drunk on beer/wine as you can on tequila and whiskey.
    Ya, but most people will puke or black out from beer/wine before they get so drunk that it's dangerous. Whereas someone could easily down 10 shots of whiskey in 30 minutes and end up dead from alcohol poisoning.


    Personally I would say 16 for beer/wine and 18 for harder liquor. But I think I'd want to reduce the beer/wine age to 18 first, to see how it worked out.
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    Re: What should the drinking age be?

    I'd probably go for 16-18.
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