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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 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!