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Probably won;'t happen in America.

I don'ty care though. in the UK it's 18.

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manitoba its 18
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New Zealand it's 18.
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#7
I think I know what you are talking about. It will never happen. Too much opposition and fear of alcohol here. I think it was a group of college presidents said enough is enough and lobbied to have the drinking age lowered to 18 because kids are getting to college and ruining their college careers by getting busted for underage drinking or drinking in excess.
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Denmark is 15 for beer.

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#10
In the U.S. they were kicking around the idea in congress, not even talking about putting it to a vote yet, and all the M.A.D.D. and D.A.R.E. soccer moms were going absolutely insane, so it'll probably never happen. At least not anytime soon.
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#11
It makes sense to have it at 18. Go to Uni, get smashed and party and when you can go get a proper job you'll have it under control. If it's 21 you get into a job and realise you can go get fucked up.
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It's already 18 over here.

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#13
its always been talked about and something that is gets a lot of attention occasionally but it will never happen here in the states just because when we drink we get unruly and cant really handle our alcohol...we get way too violent and make way too many stupid decisions...i do think you should be able to buy alcohol at 18 with a military id though
#14
does anyone pay any attention to the drinking law anyway?
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It makes sense to have it at 18. Go to Uni, get smashed and party and when you can go get a proper job you'll have it under control. If it's 21 you get into a job and realise you can go get fucked up.

I can't begin to tell the stories I hear of kids hitting 21 and getting dangerously fu cked up. That is the magic number in the US, once you hit that you are free, and honestly I can't wait to hit 21.
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does anyone pay any attention to the drinking law anyway?

you do when you get busted by the cops.
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Denmark is 15 for beer.

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No, it's 16 for everything. Well at least that's what the law says. Any 14 year old can buy as much booze as they want.
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Probably won;'t happen in America.

I don'ty care though. in the UK it's 18.

If they have their way it will be 21, they've already piloted 21+ schemes in certain countys (only for shops not pubs).
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I can't begin to tell the stories I hear of kids hitting 21 and getting dangerously fu cked up. That is the magic number in the US, once you hit that you are free, and honestly I can't wait to hit 21.


You'd do the same at 18 over here, but over here you hack a hangover in College/6th Form/University, not going into a proper working environment.

MASSIVE EDIT: Unless you get a meal (chips) in which case it's 16. God bless the British legal system. Our drug laws are better than America's too, which are slightly skewed in my eyes.
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18 already here. *looks smug*
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#20
it factors down to, just dont be an idoit. not be to excessive and dont get caught. duh.
#21
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does anyone pay any attention to the drinking law anyway?


Not in my experience. Including cops.
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Universities want it to be 18 so they don't have to spend so much time and money policing parties, but high schools don't want it because then they'll have to with all their 18 year old seniors, which is why the MADD folks don't want it. I sincerely doubt it'll be lowered.

Sucks though, you can buy porn, play the lotto, vote, and die for your country at 18, but god forbid you drink a beer.
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You'd do the same at 18 over here, but over here you hack a hangover in College/6th Form/University, not going into a proper working environment.

MASSIVE EDIT: Unless you get a meal (chips) in which case it's 16. God bless the British legal system. Our drug laws are better than America's too, which are slightly skewed in my eyes.

exactly, when kids here hit 21 they are on their own for the most part. If it was at 18 then most would have a safer environment to drink in which would be College. Everything is w/in walking distance for the most part, no need to drive, so college would be better for kids to drink than one their own at 21.
#25
universities dont want it to be 18 at all...the city makes way too much off underage drinking and they would have more crazy accidents because of dumbasses not knowing how to handle their alcohol
#26
I've been out of the loop of politics lately, but either the drinking age here needs to be lowered to 18, or the age of majority needs to be raised to 21.
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Universities want it to be 18 so they don't have to spend so much time and money policing parties, but high schools don't want it because then they'll have to with all their 18 year old seniors, which is why the MADD folks don't want it. I sincerely doubt it'll be lowered.

Sucks though, you can buy porn, play the lotto, vote, and die for your country at 18, but god forbid you drink a beer.


Retarded logic, since underage drinking already occurs, and this isn't a huge problem in Europe, where the average drinking age is significantly lower.
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I've been out of the loop of politics lately, but either the drinking age here needs to be lowered to 18, or the age of majority needs to be raised to 21.


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Retarded logic, since underage drinking already occurs, and this isn't a huge problem in Europe, where the average drinking age is significantly lower.

*shrug* Sure, but then you'd have legal 18 year old high school seniors supplying a bunch of underagers. With their logic, this way there's a roadblock between the kids and the alcohol.


Not that it matters to me anyway. I'm 28 so I can drink all the hell I want
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#31
if it is lowered to 18 then all the 15 year olds will have their fake 18 year old id's. in germany its like 16 and everyone over there has no life and cant take a sh** without havin to take a breath every two seconds cuz their so outta shape. 21 is fine. and yeah maybe 18 if ur military but then ur too busy to be drinkin anyways.
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*shrug* Sure, but then you'd have legal 18 year old high school seniors supplying a bunch of underagers. With their logic, this way there's a roadblock between the kids and the alcohol.

Not that it matters to me anyway. I'm 28 so I can drink all the hell I want


Well I know people who are underage for here in Britain that have fake IDs. If people want to drink, they will drink, regardless of the age limit.
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Retarded logic, since underage drinking already occurs, and this isn't a huge problem in Europe, where the average drinking age is significantly lower.

Exactly, most politicians and MADD probably don't want the public to realize this but here are the statistics IN MY OPINION based on what I've seen when I was in high school:
Percent of kids who drink underage: 85 percent
Percent of kids who use Marijuana: 50 percent
Percent of kids who use other illegal drugs: 20 percent
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Exactly, most politicians and MADD probably don't want the public to realize this but here are the statistics IN MY OPINION based on what I've seen when I was in high school:
Percent of kids who drink underage: 85 percent
Percent of kids who use Marijuana: 50 percent
Percent of kids who use other illegal drugs: 20 percent


Yeah, people are always going to drink.

And apparently drug education in the US is really poor, is that true?
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Yeah, people are always going to drink.

And apparently drug education in the US is really poor, is that true?

people just say not to do drugs. and by the time they realize they need to stop its too late. there's major effects from drugs and stupid people never realize how different it would be if they would've just stopped.
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#36
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*shrug* Sure, but then you'd have legal 18 year old high school seniors supplying a bunch of underagers. With their logic, this way there's a roadblock between the kids and the alcohol.


Slightly off-topic, but this is somewhat like the UK smoking law: It's illegal to sell under-18 year olds tobacco, but there's not actually a legal age to smoke it.

EDIT: Social stigma seems to be a pretty big thing here with drugs, but the line is sort of drawn at "at least they're above the smackheads".
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Yeah, people are always going to drink.

And apparently drug education in the US is really poor, is that true?

Yes DARE(Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is good in theory but is a major failure. All it does is introduce kids to the names of drugs and their effects. You can't imagine the number of kids who wanted to try the drugs after hearing about them in DARE.
#38
If you get busted by the police underage drinking in America it's something serious? wtf
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EDIT: Social stigma seems to be a pretty big thing here with drugs, but the line is sort of drawn at "at least they're above the smackheads".


Yeah, I think people generally accept but do not necessarily condone weed or mushrooms. Anything else and it's "steady now" or "well they're fucked".

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Yes DARE(Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is good in theory but is a major failure. All it does is introduce kids to the names of drugs and their effects. You can't imagine the number of kids who wanted to try the drugs after hearing about them in DARE.


Hm, that seems similar to what we have here actually, although they put a spin on the effects.
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If you get busted by the police underage drinking in America it's something serious? wtf


no its nothing serious...basically a traffic violation...a fine is all you get
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