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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I think it should remain at 21. Personally I think 18 year olds are far to immature to be drinking. I also think they should raise the driving age.
    But you are mature enough to vote for President, get married, join the military....etc..etc....etc....
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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiberalAvenger View Post
    Any age as long as it is blessed by a priest.
    young people drinking and priests, who can think of a better combination
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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    young people drinking and priests, who can think of a better combination
    Bless you my son.

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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    It should be legal at 5 years of age.

    People will be so outraged that they will raise it to 15 or 16.
    Which means they fell for my trap.
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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    21. Lowering the drinking age makes it easier to access. Studies demonstrate that the earlier one starts to drink, the more likely one may become addicted. In conjunction with this, we also know that adolescent brain structuring creates a pattern of increased impulsivity and emotional based behaviors, lowering the drinking age increases the potential for problematic behaviors.
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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    What should the legal drinking age be?
    Should be lowered to 16 simply because taxes can be taken at that age and a individual can join the Army.
    The legal limit is 18 in UK and boy does it fail, teenagers can access alcohol easily.
    I would want alcohol introduced at the parents discretion from a young age to teach them responsibility and taking away any 'cool factor' which comes from keeping it away from them for so long and the side effects to be taught in schools PHSE.
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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    I would want alcohol introduced at the parents discretion from a young age to teach them responsibility and taking away any 'cool factor' which comes from keeping it away from them for so long and the side effects to be taught in schools PHSE.
    This is a nice theory on paper but there are significant problems with its translation into good practice.

    In Australia, the legal drinking age is 18 as Spud said earlier. However, this is no impediment to the legions of youths who are exposed to alcohol beforehand. Teenage binge-drinking gets a lot of publicity here as it is becoming a growing part of many young peoples' lives. Most of the 100-odd people who were in my school grade began drinking at around 15 or 16, some even earlier. Amongst them, there was zero correlation between those who were introduced to it by parents at a young age and the level of responsibility demonstrated when drinking. One friend of mine has been drinking since about 14 at the behest of her (well-educated) parents, and they are one of my least responsible friends when it comes to alcohol. All this is despite the fact that Phys Ed classes in school devoted a lot of the curriculum to the perils of alcohol abuse.

    The fact is that, regardless of what schools or parents say, alcohol has an intrinsic cool factor for young people that cannot be removed. Once they try it and find out, they want more.
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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    21. Lowering the drinking age makes it easier to access. Studies demonstrate that the earlier one starts to drink, the more likely one may become addicted. In conjunction with this, we also know that adolescent brain structuring creates a pattern of increased impulsivity and emotional based behaviors, lowering the drinking age increases the potential for problematic behaviors.
    Ah, the closet conservative comes out.

    If those studies are correct, can you explain me why the US doesn't have fewer alcoholics than f.e., France?

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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by Djoop View Post
    If those studies are correct, can you explain me why the US doesn't have fewer alcoholics than f.e., France?
    The French Paradox, Health and Alcohol Use in France

    This comes from an anti-alcohol website but I've seen it corroborated elsewhere.

    Alcohol is the number one health problem in France, according to Dr. Michel Craplet, a psychiatrist who repre sents France at Eurocare, a coalition of European alcohol policy advocacy groups. "Many people who come here for holi days think France is a paradise. But the French have paid a big price for drinking alcohol. The problem is that every French person is a lobbyist for wine. It's in the head, in the culture. We don't need the alcohol lobby here because we view wine passionately. We have a conflict between the figures about drinking that prove our mortality and morbidity and the positive symbolic value it has."

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