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Old 08-15-2007, 02:17 AM   #11
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In Louisiana the drinking laws are worded very careful as to not make it black and white 21-year-old drinking age. Alcohol can be consumed by anyone (I guess over 18) as long as it is private. Alcohol can not be purchased for someone under 21 unless it is by the parent/guardian or spouse. So, if your parents buy you boose, you can drink in private, but your parents can't give any of it to your friends.

I think that is fair.

I went to college in LA and the administration was very explicit as to say the dorms were not "private residences." But they never turned anyone over to the cops if they were caught drinking.

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Old 08-15-2007, 02:44 AM   #12
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Hmm I'm so old I was legal to drink since I was 18. It was stupid to change it, but any state that changes it back loses their federal highway dollars, so it'll never happen.

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Old 08-15-2007, 03:07 AM   #13
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In Louisiana the drinking laws are worded very careful as to not make it black and white 21-year-old drinking age. Alcohol can be consumed by anyone (I guess over 18) as long as it is private. Alcohol can not be purchased for someone under 21 unless it is by the parent/guardian or spouse. So, if your parents buy you boose, you can drink in private, but your parents can't give any of it to your friends.
Same in Texas, you can even take your kid to a bar and buy them drinks, although every bar I have worked at had a policy against this, which caused problem at least once a month with some smart ass parent.
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Old 08-15-2007, 03:14 AM   #14
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18 years old to drink here in Manitoba. I already had a full time job and my own place. Can't get much more grown up than that.

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Old 08-15-2007, 06:17 PM   #15
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18 years old to drink here in Manitoba. I already had a full time job and my own place. Can't get much more grown up than that.
Now that's an idea! Why not let a judge sign a writ stating that a person that was under legal drinking age, which has a job and was self supportive. That they could have permission to buy and consume alcohol at a bar or purchase it at a store. But that person could not buy alcohol for anyone under the legal age. If they were caught doing this then they would forfeit that right to drink or buy alcohol and be put on probation with community service to boot.

Kinda like forfeiting your rights when one becomes incarcerated or commits a felony. Only problem I see with this is, it might burden the legal system even more.
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:25 PM   #16
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What does it matter what age is set? It comes down to ability to drink safely. If you want to let your kids drink at 18, 16, 14, or 10 then let them, but let them do it at home. Create a safe environment for your children to drink.

The problem is that kids are forced to find hideouts where they can drink, then they have to drive home. It's not the drinking that's the problem, it's the driving. You hear about alcohol poisoning on the news, but it's pretty rare. What you hear about more is the date-rape and fights that result from unsupervised drinking.

I guarantee you that if you let your kids drink with you, they'd set themselves at the same pace you're drinking. Teach them how many is enough, and that they should only drink when they're somewhere safe.

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Old 08-15-2007, 06:29 PM   #17
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I'll say this over and over.. if you are old enough to die for your country, you are old enough to drink under that government. Not to mention, I didn't know any kids that didn't drink because of the age limit.

and, Cheese, I agree 100%. Being forced to hide your drinking makes kids act stupid (er).

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Old 08-15-2007, 06:30 PM   #18
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In Louisiana the drinking laws are worded very careful as to not make it black and white 21-year-old drinking age. Alcohol can be consumed by anyone (I guess over 18) as long as it is private. Alcohol can not be purchased for someone under 21 unless it is by the parent/guardian or spouse. So, if your parents buy you boose, you can drink in private, but your parents can't give any of it to your friends.

I think that is fair.
Fair? How's that? "More fair", maybe, but it's still absurdly unfair that someone who can sign a contract, elect our leaders and fight/die in a war, can only drink "in private", and even then, only when their parents have bought the alcohol. It might be better than some states, but it's still idiotic.
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:37 PM   #19
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But Mark Rosenker, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, countered: “Why would we repeal or weaken laws that save lives? It doesn’t make sense.”
Right, that's fantastic logic, dingleberry. You know what else would "save lives"? Outlawing automobiles. Hey, it saves lives, so why not? Forcing people to wear full body armor 24/7 would definitely save lives. Time for a new law, right, Mr. Chairman?

Ah, the ineptness of the government knows no bounds.
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:50 PM   #20
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I agree with seefresh. I had to register for the selective service when I turned 18. If they think I could handle a gun, why not a beer?

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