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    Re: Legal drinking age in the US vs. Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I believe we should lower the drinking age to 18 and allow minors to drink with parental consent.
    I disagree. Our culture does not handle alcohol the same way other countries do. In the US, drinking is about volume; drink as much as you can and get completely plastered.

    In Europe, it's far more drinking for taste, drinking socially.

    I honestly dont think we can handle a lower drinking age.
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    Re: Legal drinking age in the US vs. Europe

    How about instead of changing the laws, parents own up to their responsibilities and teach and/or punish their kids into learning safe drinking habits. I grew up drinking wine at almost every family holiday event (maybe a shot glass worth in late middle school and a small glass worth in high school). And I had little desire to drink until I got to college. Even then, I got sick of drinking eventually. Today I hardly drink at all. I enjoy it, but I have little desire to get drunk.

    I may be a special case, but I don't plan on putting up with my kids binge drinking in their high school years... not even in my presence. And I certainly will express my distaste for any binge drinking habits into their college years.

    And besides, people can still have a good time without alcohol.

    I am OK with teens 16 and up drinking with their parents, but I'm still hesitant to allow ALL 18 year olds to buy and consume alcohol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    I disagree. Our culture does not handle alcohol the same way other countries do. In the US, drinking is about volume; drink as much as you can and get completely plastered.

    In Europe, it's far more drinking for taste, drinking socially.

    I honestly dont think we can handle a lower drinking age.
    Though I don't personally know about Europe, I agree with your description about the U.S., which is why I'm hesitant to allow 18 year olds to drink. If so many 19-23 year olds can barely handle drinking responsibly, why should I trust 18 year olds to?
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    Re: Legal drinking age in the US vs. Europe

    If they're old enough to go to war, they're old enough to have a drink.
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    Re: Legal drinking age in the US vs. Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by aimgrl View Post
    I think that the earlier someone is taught to drink the more they learn about alcohol so they are accustomed to drinking alcohol more moderately and responsibly without having alcoholic problems in the future.When children grow up drinking a glass of wine around the table it gives them a taste of alcohol along with a taste of being older so they understand how it feels, but american teens are restricted from this so their brain wonders about it until they grow older and by then, when their teens, alcohol is a long grasp away that they have to reach because its like a toy they were never able to experience that theyve always wanted to so the drinking age should be lowered in order to already give younger kids an experience with alcohol so they are not yearning for it in the future..
    Just curious about how far this should be carried.

    Should children also be taught to use and build up tolerance for other drugs, such as nicotine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, etc?

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    Re: Legal drinking age in the US vs. Europe

    The drinking age in most states was 18 when I turned 18. If I recall, it had to do with being old enough to fight and die for our country. Young people today have about 10 million more laws to live under than I did at that age.

    Alcoholism knows no borders nor age groups.

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    Re: Legal drinking age in the US vs. Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by aimgrl View Post
    I think that the earlier someone is taught to drink the more they learn about alcohol so they are accustomed to drinking alcohol more moderately and responsibly without having alcoholic problems in the future.When children grow up drinking a glass of wine around the table it gives them a taste of alcohol along with a taste of being older so they understand how it feels, but american teens are restricted from this so their brain wonders about it until they grow older and by then, when their teens, alcohol is a long grasp away that they have to reach because its like a toy they were never able to experience that theyve always wanted to so the drinking age should be lowered in order to already give younger kids an experience with alcohol so they are not yearning for it in the future..
    You can if you want.

    But with my husband having come from a drug-infused family the 'early occasional exposure to liquor (and many other things)' merely hastened him to becomign an alcoholic.
    We're now in a state of "no drinking - nothing" because he simply can't handle it. . . it's not so much an issue of "how much and how early" he drank - it's a matter of his psycholigical-makeup and his firm belief that "he needs something to unwind."

    He's always doing something - if it's not drinking it's popping pills, if it's not popping pills then it's smoking dope, if it's not smoking dope then it's dipping snuff.

    Nothing good seems to have come from his family owning a vinyard and letting hte kids drink occasionally.
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    Re: Legal drinking age in the US vs. Europe

    It's 18 over here, but they want to raise it to 21.

    Not that it's relevant to me anymore.
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    Re: Legal drinking age in the US vs. Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    You can if you want.

    But with my husband having come from a drug-infused family the 'early occasional exposure to liquor (and many other things)' merely hastened him to becomign an alcoholic.
    We're now in a state of "no drinking - nothing" because he simply can't handle it. . . it's not so much an issue of "how much and how early" he drank - it's a matter of his psycholigical-makeup and his firm belief that "he needs something to unwind."

    He's always doing something - if it's not drinking it's popping pills, if it's not popping pills then it's smoking dope, if it's not smoking dope then it's dipping snuff.

    Nothing good seems to have come from his family owning a vinyard and letting hte kids drink occasionally.
    First time I saw someone dipping snuff, I almost barfed on the spot. That stuff was oozing out of her nose and dripping on her chin...
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    Re: Legal drinking age in the US vs. Europe

    I believe the Jews have wine with their evening meals and allow the children to have it as well. That is where they learn to drink socially and responsibly. I read that somewhere, eons ago...
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    Re: Legal drinking age in the US vs. Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    I disagree. Our culture does not handle alcohol the same way other countries do. In the US, drinking is about volume; drink as much as you can and get completely plastered.
    The reason this is so is that drinking is seen as a rite of passage that is done secretively by teenagers and young adults. They binge, because they are breaking a social taboo. European countries see drinking as a social act that is done within the family structure without binging.

    Our kids are bad drinkers because that's what we've trained them to be. If we trained them differently, it's much more likely they'd be responsible alcohol users.

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