Many countries have different drinking ages.
Canada = 19, except for Quebec, = 18.
USA = 21
UK = 18 IIRC. Someone correct me on that if I'm wrong.
So what do you think the drinking age should be?
18th November 2004
I'd go with 18. Here in the United States, you can do just about everything else at this age, except serve alcohol as a restaurant employee, you have to be 19 for that. And even that is a direct reflection on the increased age of drinking itself.
24th October 2007
I have friends in other parts of Canada besides Quebec, and they can legally drink at 18.
29th January 2007
For most Euro countries it's 18. Though multiple allow weak alcohols like beer and wine to be drunk by sixteen year olds. Austria comes to mind.
Schofield;5288245I have friends in other parts of Canada besides Quebec, and they can legally drink at 18.
Really? Please explain. Personally I feel that 18 is fine. I'm not even 19 yet and I drink. Not regularly, but I've gotten drunk more than once.
shaken - not stirred
9th June 2009
I'd say 18. Pretty much everything becomes legal in the US when you're 18 (voting, etc), why not drinking too?
OW & HS Addict
14th August 2008
In the Netherlands, the use of alcohol is legalized at the age of 16. Nobody seemed to have all too much trouble with it and it's pretty much the lowest I'd go. So yeah, 16 it is.
Formerly known as Graeme and Arld.
Graeme;5288259In the Netherlands, the use of alcohol is legalized at the age of 16. Nobody seemed to have all too much trouble with it and it's pretty much the lowest I'd go. So yeah, 16 it is.
What about weed? :D
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Personally I don't think there should be a legal drinking age. It becomes an aspect of a culture that is on the one hand presented to kids as desirable and on the other that they're denied experience with by law. Half the reason people go off their nut with the stuff is they haven't learned to drink properly before, their role models for drinking are people just like them who have no real idea how to drink. :vikki:
Destroyer25;5288236UK = 18 IIRC. Someone correct me on that if I'm wrong.
Five in a private residence, (although most people are unaware of that,) sixteen in a public place with a meal, eighteen to go down the pubs/clubs.
Call me Pingwin
26th May 2005
While I agree with you Nem, it's also important to keep in mind the health aspects of alcohol. Even though we all do it, it can still be harmful to a young developing body and as such I think it should be kept away from very young children.
I'd say that if we're setting a general standard for "adulthood" at 18, drinking should fall on that line. If anything, I would question whether 18 years old isn't too young to consider somebody a full adult in this day and age.