#1
Ok, firstly I feel that this does not belong in the drug thread or the political thread or anything like that.

My friend and I were having a discussion about various things that are either banned people must be 18/21 to do, such as drinking, drugs porn etc.

Porn is a prime example. You have to be 18 to look at it, and the majority of people who have problems with addiction (yes, this discussion arose from the porn addicted teens thread). It got me thinking, would these people really be getting to into it if they only had to be 15 to view it? I honestly don't think so.

Same with smoking and drinking. So many young people are doing it these days, but I would have to imagine they are doing it because they are not allowed to. It gets me thinking, when these people are old enough will the novelty wear off?


What do you guys reckon about these issues?
#2
look at prohibition

banning alcohol just made things worse but then again some things need to be banned like horse tranquilizer or something.

the weed in holland is ****in amazing because the quality is government controlled so it's safer to use.


it just depends how u look at it.
#3
I think if you lowered the drinking age, especially in Scotland / Great Britain, we have such a bad binge drinking culture that it would just get MUCH worse.
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I think if you lowered the drinking age, especially in Scotland / Great Britain, we have such a bad binge drinking culture that it would just get MUCH worse.



i agree, if we lowered the drinking age, parents that drink lots will give their kids drinks, and then the only thing we will see on the news is about people killing themselves because they drank so much.

i think the age limit is fine, cause im not much of a beer drinker, so i don't really care. now porn is a different thing.....
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it depends on what laws were changed. If the legal drinking age was lowered then it would most probably cause widespread binge drinking as younger people got in on the booze. I don't think the novelty will wear off because if you look at the current generation of drinkers, they're old enough to be sensible but they still insist on goin out and getting wasted. So no, I don't think it's a good idea.
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I think the 21 age limit is way too high. I mean, if you're 20 years old, and want to have a drink, you should be able to buy yourself something.

I think weed could also be legalized in certain amounts, like it is in Canada. Or maybe weed cafes like they have in... Los Angeles?
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I think the 21 age limit is way too high. I mean, if you're 20 years old, and want to have a drink, you should be able to buy yourself something.

I think weed could also be legalized in certain amounts, like it is in Canada. Or maybe weed cafes like they have in... Los Angeles?



Weed is legal in LA? I know about Canada and Holland but that ones news to me. That said, i've been told that Holland has one of the highest mental health rates in the world per thousand of the population, so thats bad obviously, although the fact that the trade is controlled by the government should make it much safer.
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You have to take into account the severe health problems and deficiencies a 15-year old could experience from drinking huge amounts of alcohol, I dont think lowering the age would be beneficial.
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#10
it's a taboo thing

because we prohibit all drinking legally until the age of 21, so many younger people will go and do it despite all the anti-drinking etc. marketing because they like to do dangerous things like that, things that will get them in trouble

lower the drinking age a little, see the taboo effect wear off a bit

then again, you can be old enough to enlist in the military but not drink, soooo there are just some plain retarded things going on too
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Weed is legal in LA? I know about Canada and Holland but that ones news to me. That said, i've been told that Holland has one of the highest mental health rates in the world per thousand of the population, so thats bad obviously, although the fact that the trade is controlled by the government should make it much safer.


I don't think it's legal, but they do have businesses that sell it.
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#13
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Porn is a prime example. You have to be 18 to look at it, and the majority of people who have problems with addiction (yes, this discussion arose from the porn addicted teens thread). It got me thinking, would these people really be getting to into it if they only had to be 15 to view it? I honestly don't think so.


Age restriction has no effect on the desire to look at porn, at least not in my personal experience or my friends experience. Sexual frustration does. I mean I started looking at it/watching it at like 13, no girlfriend...scared to death of real girls...but at the same time all those horomones going through my body making me freaking horny and making me want to see and do all that. If the age restriction was lowered...then you would see more younger people looking at it...not because they're allowed but because they'd stop hiding that they were.
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