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Old 12-02-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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drinking age to 21?

has anyone heard that the goverment want to change the drinking law to 21? thoughts/veiws?



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Old 12-02-2009, 08:59 PM   #2
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I thought this had been around for quite sometime?

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:01 PM   #3
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I'm 21 so *downs wine and looks smug*

no being serious I think it's ridiculous, you can have sex and have babies at 16, you can gt married and leave home at 18, yet you're not allowed to drink until 21, how is it possible that someone could be responsible enough to have a five year old kid without being able to handle a few glasses of wine? bloody nanny state





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Old 12-02-2009, 09:02 PM   #4
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Most ridiculous idea ever. Just another contradictory thought from the government. One minute they want a more responsible attitude to alcohol, the next they want to protect us all from it and keep us safe.

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:04 PM   #5
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I'm 21 so *downs wine and looks smug*

no being serious I think it's ridiculous, you can have sex and have babies at 16, you can gt married and leave home at 18, yet you're not allowed to drink until 21, how is it possible that someone could be responsible enough to have a five year old kid without being able to handle a few glasses of wine? bloody nanny state
lolz Heidi @ Nanny State. No idea why but that cracked me up! So true.

I'm in agreement with Heidi here. Although if someone looked under the age of 21 in shops (from experience of working in retail) i had to ask for I.D. even though legally they can drink at 18. It's all the do with the new laws being brought in.

But yep. What Heidi said. And even if the law was changed to 21, it REALLY wouldn't change anything, you'll still get people "underage" drinking.

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:08 PM   #6
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I heard about this idea a while ago and that the Irish government where thinking of the same thing, and if it does go through in Britain I'm sure they'll seriously consider it.
Personally, I'd find it annoying as I can drink without a) starting a fight b) destroying something or c) thinking driving is a great a idea. But unfortunately some people can't.
Really, they can raise it but if "kids" want to get alcohol they'll get it. It's not like it's impossible even when you're not 18 to buy booze so raising the age will just be a little more of a challenge.

It agree with the whole "nanny state" thing above as well.






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Old 12-02-2009, 09:22 PM   #7
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I heard about it a few days ago and was basically looking like this =| with a mix of =(.

I don't really want it to change, due to the fact I feel I should only be made legal once, not twice. That's just weird!

Hopefully they'll say anyone aged 18-20 won't suffer. *nods* =P





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Old 12-02-2009, 09:24 PM   #8
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I think 18 is just fine, thanks!



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Old 13-02-2009, 01:24 AM   #9
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I'm assuming this is in the UK?

That's interesting, because here in the States, a lot of people bitch about lowering the drinking age to 18 or 19...You can go fight in a war, vote, but you can't drink a beer?! Silly if you ask me. Maybe lowering the age would reduce the excessive binge drinking problem on my campus... Is binge-drinking/alcoholism a problem in the UK as well??



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Old 13-02-2009, 05:28 AM   #10
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You can go fight in a war, vote, but you can't drink a beer?! Silly if you ask me.
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Old 13-02-2009, 05:52 AM   #11
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In the US where I am it's 21, and I think it's ridiculous. If I wanted to sign up right now to go to war and risk my life I could as an 18 year old, but I can't have a drink. I don't get it!

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Old 13-02-2009, 06:00 AM   #12
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^^ Yeah! I'm American, so I know how much it sucks having the age be 21... I just turned 20, I hate it! I don't know why it's not 18.. O.o



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Old 13-02-2009, 11:48 AM   #13
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It's was ****in' irritating raising the age for buying tobacco to 18 (sometimes I like a little roll-up at lunchtime to relax), so to this law I say: you can perform a certain sexual act upon me with your mouth. Or you can go an perform a certain sexual act on yourself with your hand. Or both.

Let people ****ing take responsibility for themselves. Anyway - if it's not working now, how will it ever?

I despise this nanny-state twattery.




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Old 13-02-2009, 12:41 PM   #14
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It doesn't affect me in any way since I'm almost 23 but it is such a ludicrous suggestion.

Like everyone else has said, you can vote, drive, have sex, get married - but you can't order a glass of wine with your meal in a resteraunt!

I don't see what the point of this is anyway. To lower alcohol consumption? Like that's going to make a difference? Surely this just increase the number of underage drinkers and puts another shameful statistic on the UK.



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Old 13-02-2009, 12:53 PM   #15
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I doubt they would make it any different for the people between 18 and 21 if it were to come into effect, just as people between 16 and 18 turned legal twice for tobacco.

I don't want it to happen being only almost 20 and all, turning legal twice would suck balls.

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Old 13-02-2009, 02:05 PM   #16
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If it does happen I believe it would be pointless.
At my age, alcohol is easy to come by 'illegally'.
It would ruin 'legal' student social life while creating a 'blackmarket' for students.
University Studnt Unions owuld lose a hell of a lot of revenue.
= Lower student satisfaction
Also, the 18-21 demographic contributes a HUGE amount to the economy in terms of alcohol sales, and most of the alcohol-induced crime would be maintained by the aforementioned 'illegal' alcohol anyway.....



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Old 13-02-2009, 08:25 PM   #17
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Is binge-drinking/alcoholism a problem in the UK as well??
A massive problem. But increasing the drinking age and making it more and more taboo will not reduce the problem and will only make it worse. We need to have a more sensible attitude towards alcohol, this doesn't come from a short-term campaign, it needs long-term commitment.

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Old 13-02-2009, 08:31 PM   #18
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nooo *crys*
ive already been waiting long enough to do it legally....
its hard enough trying to look 18 (am 17) never mind 21...

not that i agre with binge drinking etc but surely at 18 you know the risks and its your choice.



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Old 13-02-2009, 08:51 PM   #19
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It's an old idea. They were thinking of doing it when they raised the smoking age to 18.

They've dropped it now I think.



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Old 16-02-2009, 07:48 PM   #20
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I dont think the age is the problem, I think its how easily and cheaply drink can be bought. I think alcohol should only be sold in alcohol shops, not supermarkets. You bring your kids to a supermarket for the family supplies, but you wouldnt bring your kids to a wine shop.



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