look at that : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6747807.stm
Apart from her sad story, this is screwed up :
In Virginia, like in much of the US, you can drive when you are 15, die in the army at 17 and buy a gun at 18.
But you cannot let beer or wine pass your lips legally until you are 21.
even consuming some wine at home in presence of your children is criticized by some O.o
This is just stupid :O
ps : what do you think of this, the consumption of alcohol, and what would be your attitude with your children or other youngsters when drinking some wine/beer/whatever.. ?
yeah imagine how many more deaths they'll be if you're drunk while:
driving, in the army, handling a gun.
good on them
as long as the alcohol consumption is supervised. in europe they do that and they have less accidents. or maybe it's because they drive on the wrong side of the road.
Then maybe we should drive on the wrong side of the road too.
idk about this subject, my mom lets me take a sip of her wine or beer if i ask, but i find the stuff bitter if i take it in sips so i dont know what effects feel like.
anyways i dont think any1 in Hong Kong got arrested for underage drinking, aleast not at thier own house, but even if u are drunk without a gun, without a car, and basicly unabled to walk on your own two feet, even if u do feel like doing anything, like raping some1 u prolly wont be able to do anything unless they are drunk too, but that cant be helped
if it IS supervised and they are reasonably old enough to drink (say 16+) and drink only a certain amount then i think there is no harm done. I mean she did take away keys, blocked off the driveway and everyone knew they were sleeping over. It doesn't change the fact that they kids were underage, but hell...seriously...unless you've told yourself not to drink ever, i think everyone has had a taste of alcohol before the age of 21.
what she did was more than what we could expect from any adult IMHO, and yet she was put to jail :P (she didn't force the children to drink alcohol btw, it was only a possibility..)
off topic : who drives on the wrong side of the road in europe ?? only people from england drive on the wrong side ^^"
IT'S 21 IN AMERICA?
I think it's 18 here.
But everyone starts drinking loads around 15 anyway :/
I actually bothered to read the story this time... and yeah it is too bad. Ive had alcohol in public places (legal age of 19) far before that age. Of course it was my parents who offered it and I only took a little bit, but why would that be a distinction in the US? The short answer is that it wouldn't. Im guessing that if you were caught with a thimbleful of beer given to you by your parents and underage, your parents would go to jail.
Nah, in America, it is acceptable if you are with your parents in a resturant, to have a few sips pf wine. One of those "don't ask, don't tell," things.
Originally Posted by Krytha
Also, let me be honest. I don't care one way or another what things are like in the rest of the world. In America, I know Americans. And I know that I would not trust any teenagers, or most 20 somethings, with alcohol, much less voting. I simply do not trust their judgement, based on my knowledge of their maturity(more specifically, the lack thereof).