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The_Pov
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:01 PM
Just wondering what you all think is better?

obviously the UK has a problem with binge drinking (which is an activity I am currently partaking in) and the us is accused of leaving it too late.

Which is better?

gentenaire
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:02 PM
The earlier the better. Get kids used to alcohol from an early age so that they know how to deal with it.

CondiLicious
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:05 PM
UK.

21 is ridiculous.

The_Pov
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:06 PM
The earlier the better. Get kids used to alcohol from an early age so that they know how to deal with it.

You should come to my uni, we do not know how to deal with it, we only just realised that if you drink so much that you throw up, that's too much.

We drink way to much as you may be able to tell nkow cos I'm a bit drunk.

marmite1
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:08 PM
You should come to my uni, we do not know how to deal with it, we only just realised that if you drink so much that you throw up, that's too much.

We drink way to much as you may be able to tell nkow cos I'm a bit drunk.

:lol: :tape:

I got past that stage at 16/17. Now im just a social drinker.

The_Pov
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:09 PM
:lol: :tape:

I got past that stage at 16/17. Now im just a social drinker.

You should go to uni it means that stage lasts fro 16 to 21

MH0861
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:11 PM
I don't have a problem with the US drinking age being 21 per se, but I have a big problem that people can drive by 16, and can vote, smoke and die for the country at age 18. It isn't consistent and doesn't make sense in my mind.

NyCPsU
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:11 PM
uk!

21 is to long in the states, im dyin here!!
but thats what fakes are for :devil:

marmite1
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:11 PM
You should go to uni it means that stage lasts fro 16 to 21

I'm at uni. I feel like i lived the uni life at college, and now im just sort of past that stuff.

The_Pov
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:13 PM
I'm at uni. I feel like i lived the uni life at college, and now im just sort of past that stuff.

Oh me too but at uni you can do it with new people.

I think us british have a different mentality to foriegners/europeans.

marmite1
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:14 PM
Oh me too but at uni you can do it with new people.

True say. Most people I know accuse me of being an alcoholic :rolleyes: I hardly even drink that much. I guess they ddidnt drink before they were 18.

The_Pov
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:14 PM
I don't have a problem with the US drinking age being 21 per se, but I have a big problem that people can drive by 16, and can vote, smoke and die for the country at age 18. It isn't consistent and doesn't make sense in my mind.

Yeah I know what you mean, the Uk system makes more sense.

marmite1
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:15 PM
Oh me too but at uni you can do it with new people.

I think us british have a different mentality to you foriegners/europeans.

Yeh I think that we do have a different mentality about drinking. I think a lot of socialising is lead around drinking. Maybe thats where the problem has come from.

The_Pov
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:15 PM
True say. Most people I know accuse me of being an alcoholic :rolleyes: I hardly even drink that much. I guess they ddidnt drink before they were 18.

before uni I drank and got drunk but not as bad as I do now but I think it's because I only turned 18 last august so I didn't want to make the rents angry.

marmite1
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:18 PM
before uni I drank and got drunk but not as bad as I do now but I think it's because I only turned 18 last august so I didn't want to make the rents angry.

My parents were weird. They knew I would drink with or without their permission so they gave me their blessing :lol:

The_Pov
Jun 20th, 2006, 07:20 PM
My parents were weird. They knew I would drink with or without their permission so they gave me their blessing :lol:

My parents let me drink with them but I always got the vibe that I was only allowed to drink alchohol with them...then when I turned 18 my Dad said I need to get out more, get drunk more have a 1 night stand. Whcih shocked me, although I have done all 3 since being at uni...not that he'll ever know.

pimpie
Jun 20th, 2006, 08:00 PM
here in the netherlands we can drink when we're 16 :D

:inlove:
Jun 20th, 2006, 08:03 PM
it doesnt matter, all the kids break both the laws anyway. :shrug: :p

LoveFifteen
Jun 20th, 2006, 08:07 PM
I'd prefer the drinking age to be 16. I think if parents would introduce alcohol in the home as something enjoyable, then it wouldn't be seen as this taboo that teens have to sneak behind their parents' backs. I would want to teach my kids how to hold their liquor with me instead of letting them learn by getting wasted with irresponsible friends.

PointBlank
Jun 20th, 2006, 08:28 PM
I think both have their positives, but I think 21 is better.

Kart
Jun 20th, 2006, 08:28 PM
Makes no difference.

Alcohol is easy to come by no matter how old you are.

Having an age limit builds the whole thing up to a grand anti-climax.

hablo
Jun 20th, 2006, 08:40 PM
Having an age limit builds the whole thing up to a grand anti-climax.so true

controlfreak
Jun 20th, 2006, 08:57 PM
personally I've got my fingers crossed for the return of prohibition.

TdF_DBLL
Jun 20th, 2006, 08:58 PM
beer and wine from 16 is right, you are used to alcohol soon, and you doesn't drink that much. If you see UK youth go to spain for example a lot of them are drunk every day.

fnuf7
Jun 20th, 2006, 08:59 PM
I'm going to be bias and say the UK laws are better simply cos I think people that age are going to drink anyway regardless of whether the law says only over 21s can drink. Besides how harsh making all the US students lawfully unable to drink alcohol whilst they're at Uni...what about all the fun drunken parties?! ;)

But seriously I think all it takes is a responsible attitude to drinking, my parents let me try alcohol for the 1st time when I was 11 (and when we say try I mean literally a sip ;) ) and slowly introduced me to alcohol as I grew older so by the time I could legally buy alcohol I didn't care cos it wasn't a big deal. It was much bigger and better deal on my 18th that I was able to get and drive my car! :cool:

VeeDaQueen
Jun 20th, 2006, 09:27 PM
my high school students talk about getting wasted every weekend. they're not gonna wait until they are 21. in fact, i know that my town's mayor has provided alcohol to minors :tape:

TdF_DBLL
Jun 20th, 2006, 09:36 PM
my high school students talk about getting wasted every weekend. they're not gonna wait until they are 21. in fact, i know that my town's mayor has provided alcohol to minors :tape:

I can't see the fun of being wasted every weekend. I like to drink, and sometimes I drink a too much, but then for sure it takes a couple of months before I drink a lot again.

rebel_ffighter
Jun 21st, 2006, 06:30 AM
I am not sure bout that,I mean our laws are not strict at all (18 here too),children drink from what age they want and I dont mean at home,even at clubs,cafes etc(I remeber I was ordering a drink since I was 12-13),they never ask for an id or anything.On the other hand maybe that is a good thing because when we reach 18 we dont see alcohol as sth new and excitng(I find it quite useless and boring now)

Monica_Rules
Jun 21st, 2006, 11:30 AM
My paretns introduced me to alcohol when i was about 10. I drank every now and again. Christmas, New years through my teens but never more than one drink then i got drunk by the time i was 15. And today at 21 i get drunk but only ever now and again. In the 1st tow years of uni i used to get so drunk that i would throw up everytime. but that was more to do with what i drank.

Now as i've grown up a bit i'm more likely to have the casual glass of wine or pint but then i still will get wasted every now and again which is fun.

I think 21 is way too old 18 is fine but everyone i know started drinking in the uk at around 14/15 so it makes no difference.

matthias
Jun 21st, 2006, 11:46 AM
Germany is best ---> 16

Veritas
Jun 21st, 2006, 01:05 PM
I don't have a problem with the US drinking age being 21 per se, but I have a big problem that people can drive by 16, and can vote, smoke and die for the country at age 18. It isn't consistent and doesn't make sense in my mind.

Hear, hear :clap2: I also don't see the logic behind restricting young people from alcohol until they reach 21, yet allow them to shoot and kill people by the time they're 18. Despite the perils of alcohol, it's not nearly as catastrophic as the damage that guns and bad driving can inflict.

Australian law is better in this regard. Over here, people can get behind the wheel of a car at 16, but are designated only as "L-Plated", which means they can't drive without a fully-licensed driver sitting in the passenger seat. Things get looser when they reach 18, but they've still got a limited license - "P-Plated" - which means they cannot consume any alcohol at all if they're driving.

The restrictions in Australia can be good, but I wish the insurance isn't so expensive - it's a $2,000 premium per year for people under 25 years old :eek:

CondiLicious
Jun 21st, 2006, 01:09 PM
I first got drunk when I was 4 (on two mouthfuls of port and lemonade :lol: ). I've always been allowed to drink at home. It's crazy to have to wait until 21.

Scotso
Jun 21st, 2006, 01:14 PM
Kids can't handle alcohol maturely. That being said, saying they can't have it will only encourage them to be less mature about it. So take off the age limits.

But then, raise the penalties for things like drunk driving and stuff.

bailey
Jun 22nd, 2006, 08:46 AM
Switzerland => 16 or 18 (for the "heavy" stuff)

I never got that about the USA:

You can drive when you are 16,
vote when you are 18 (I guess?)
can go to the army with what, 18?,
but you may not drink until you are 21?

=> absolute nonsense!

SJW
Jun 22nd, 2006, 09:14 AM
I think the UK is better but still think it should be lowered to 16.
I was going to clubs at 16 and getting drunk.
Now I'm legally old enough, it's like "yawn, been there, done that" ;)

Mr_Molik
Jun 22nd, 2006, 09:48 AM
i think it should be 16. im 17 and have been drinking out at parties and stuff since i was 15. completely over it now but still do it.

Kimmi
Jun 22nd, 2006, 11:11 AM
UK is better. Means I can get pissed now if I want.

And I want.

vogus
Jun 22nd, 2006, 01:44 PM
Just wondering what you all think is better?

obviously the UK has a problem with binge drinking (which is an activity I am currently partaking in) and the us is accused of leaving it too late.

Which is better?


it makes no difference, as drinking age laws are not enforced in either country.

Andy.
Jun 22nd, 2006, 01:46 PM
UK for sure like we have in 18, at 18 your old enough to decide, 21 is a little old to restrict alcohol