Honestly, I don't think it matters much. There are those kids who have been drinking since high school in a "Controlled environment" who get just as stupidly drunk as those who didn't. There are also those who do not drink in high school who go on to drink responsibly. I think it has more to do with the personality of the individuals than the parents tolerance/acceptance of underage drinking. A portion of young people view alcohol as a tool to getting to their goal of drunken debauchery. I doubt that will change.
In Iowa if you are under 21 you may drink in the presence of parent or guardian on your private property. So ask your dad for a beer and see if he wants to get you lit up....:jimlad:
i say allow 18 year olds to drink however, have much harsher punishments for idiot drunks
causing drunken fights? $1000 fine and on your record
your breaking ****? $500 fine + replacement cost of the **** you broke
your puking in the sidewalk passed out? $500 fine + on your record + alcohol abuse classes
also getting drunk while in high school (in class) and getting caught= expulsion
you can have fun, but dont be a ****in idiot ruining everyone elses good time, would teach people how to control their alcohol if they had to **** away loads of cash for one night
I drank in H.S., but didn't do a lot of stupid stuff (some, but not a lot :wink:). I am in the belief that age doesn't matter, its all about maturity. I am 31 now and see people my age or older act like they are dumb H.S. kids getting drunk for the first time. However I have seen people that are 20 drink and act like they are grown up and can act civilized.
Lets make it like getting a drivers license. take a test, pay some fees, get a little drunk and have someone monitor to see how you do, issue license.
I only drank on two occasions in HS, but a ton more in college. Personally, I probably would have been better off drinking a bit more in HS so that I would know my limits better.
My boys are 3 and 1 right now, so I ahve a few years, but I have come to grips with the fact that they will probably drink in HS. I just don't want them to be idiots and hurt themselves or anyone else. If they drink and drive, they will be in a world of hurt.
My "advice" to them will be, "Be smart!"
My wifes little brother will be in high school next year and we will probably give him the same advice. Kids are growing up really fast these days.
An interesting topic. I, like a previous poster was a teacher in the '70s when the legal age was 18. It seemed like a good idea, if your old enough to fight for your country, then you are old enough to drink. However, those 18 year-olds were bringing the alcohol to the high school parties where high school kids of all ages were..... not just the kids that are 17-18 but the 14 and 15 year olds. There were many many problems with young teens drinking heavily when they were not mature enough to "be smart" about it. Today the age differentiations have blurred even more with a few junior high kids, ages 12, 13 and 14 attending the high school kids parties. These are supplied by those over 21 years of age, I cannot even imagine what will happen if an 18 year old can buy all the alcohol they want and supply the younger kids. Check out the attendance at high schools on Mondays, or ask about the performance levels on Mondays.
How many alcoholics started drinking at 21? or at 15? Wisdom or being smart does not happen at 15.
A controlled is environment is a bonfire campout? or someones basement with no parents at home? or a 23 year olds house with no parents even aware of where their kids are? Not a controlled environment to me.
This is such a stupid topic. When people are under 21, they're all gung-ho about it, talking about equal rights, "dying for their country" and etc. Then after they turn 21, they don't give a crap about it until they have kids that are old enough to bring up the same argument.
What it comes down to is if you're under 21 and you want to drink, you'll find a way to drink. I can't think of one instance where if I wanted alcohal under the age of 21 I couldn't get it from somewhere.
Keep it where it's at. The states have much bigger things to worry about than a debate on if 18 is just as mature as 21.
EDIT: Let me clarify that this particular topic isn't stupid, the ever-lasting debate of changing the legal age to 18 is stupid.
whats the drinking age in south dakota? isnt their drivers license age like 14 as well?