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Writer's Block: Young and driven

What is the legal drinking age where you live? Do you think it should be higher, lower, or remain the same, and why?


For some reason, I first read this as "driving age." Huh.

Anyhow, it's 21 here, and like most Right Thinking People (not right-thinking people), I think it should be lowered to 18. If you can do pretty much any life-changing thing at that age, why can't you drink? It's not THAT big bad a bogeyman. About all the drinking age does currently is make it seem even MORE forbidden and mysterious or whatever, and help lead to excess.

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missysedai
Apr. 30th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm willing to go one further and call it 16 if you're accompanied by your parent or guardian, 18 if you're by yourself. The way to teach responsible drinking is not to make alcohol taboo, but to actually TEACH responsible drinking.

Here in OH, there is a clause in our liquor control code that specifically allows parents to give their kids (of any age) wine and spirits - both at home and in public - as long as the parent buys the drink, hands it to the kid, and remains physically present while the kid consumes it. It's much easier to model responsible behavior when the law encourages it!
khedron
Apr. 30th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Here in OH, there is a clause in our liquor control code that specifically allows parents to give their kids (of any age) wine and spirits - both at home and in public - as long as the parent buys the drink, hands it to the kid, and remains physically present while the kid consumes it. It's much easier to model responsible behavior when the law encourages it!

That's great to know -- whiskey for the new baby, it is!

(I'm joking, but I should look up what the Ohio laws are; I know about the state-regulated liquor stores and watered down vodka, but that's about it.)
missysedai
Apr. 30th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
The relevant bits for consumption in public are here. I'm a bit too busy to go look for the bits for in the home, but if I've got a few minutes later, I'll see if I can find them.

Damned 17 hour days, anyway. Praise the gods of the grape for Rioja.
khedron
Apr. 30th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
No underage person shall knowingly possess or consume any low-alcohol beverage in any public or private place, unless accompanied by a parent, spouse who is not an underage person, or legal guardian, or unless the low-alcohol beverage is given by a physician in the regular line of the physician's practice or given for established religious purposes.

Interesting -- so if you're 20 and married to a 21-year-old, you can have a beer. That's kind of sane.

Established religious purposes ... hmm ....
stormfeather
May. 1st, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
At least they closed up the loopholes that could get people prosecuted for, like, giving their children wine in a Catholic service, or the doctor giving them alcoholic meds! That is actually somewhat sane!
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stormfeather
Apr. 30th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I probably should have said "lowered to at least eighteen." Then again I also think marijuana should be legalized, so my opinions are obviously wacky and rebellious!
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