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Captain Fabio
August 11th, 2011, 03:57 PM
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ALCOHOL FOR ALL

I was thinking today, if there were no laws against drinking alcohol, would young people really drink all that much? If the law was lifted, sure, there would be a few weeks of people going crazy, but after that, would people get bored of the idea? If it isn't against the law to do it, would people still get a big buzz out of it from the experience?

Would you drink alcohol if there was no law, if you are underage that is?
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Avey
August 11th, 2011, 03:59 PM
everybody just disregards the law over here. drinking illegally has nothing to do with looking cool and edgy by breaking the law, it's about having a good time. everyone would still do it (myself included)

Kenshin5
August 11th, 2011, 04:02 PM
I think some young people drink to be rebellious or they think it is cool so many that would do it for that reason would decline if the law was gone. I think more of it is attributed to parties and social gatherings. They are bound to drink at those regardless of age restrictions so I really don't think it would really have a huge impact on the amount that is consumed or purchased. At the end of the day they will probably just realize "Hey this is just like any other beverage and it really doesn't taste all that great just gives me a buzz and all the other added effects."

Oryx
August 11th, 2011, 04:03 PM
I would drink the same amount, except maybe a bit more. I do avoid it because it's against the law, I can't for example order a glass of wine with dinner. I wouldn't be out getting drunk in public but I might have alcohol in public more often.

As for drinking in private, I generally don't do it and I probably wouldn't change if the laws did. Although I would celebrate a lot removing the age limit; maybe kids would get drunk in public a few times at 13-14 and get bored of it by the time they got old enough to do real damage.

shenanigans
August 11th, 2011, 04:17 PM
Tbh, yeah, absolutely lol. I drink in private for the enjoyment of it, but in public I'm still underage. Make it completely legal everywhere and I'd definitely take advantage of that.

As for the part about whether or not people would drink much, honestly, I don't think young people would. It's taught everywhere that alcohol is dangerous when consumed without moderation so imo the main reason why you get heavy teenage drinkers is because of how tightly prohibited it is in some places (depending on where you live, of course). So it's completely legal and dangerous if done excessively and everyone knows that? It might be done regularly but not excessively, and I don't see a massive problem there. A regular drink or two is a bit of fun and not gonna make the youth into a load of alcoholics.

Alli
August 11th, 2011, 04:25 PM
Well hey, if the law got removed tomorrow, then hell yeah I'd drink. Maybe I could have more fun on my birthday if that were the case. To be honest, I was thinking I'd eventually try alcohol when I turn 19 anyway so if the age limit were lifted tomorrow, it wouldn't make much of a difference for me, since I'm almost 19. Well. Let's get the party started, shall we? Cap'n Fabz is totally gonna buy us all drinks since he posted this lovely thread. ;)

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
August 11th, 2011, 04:38 PM
Nope, not at this point, I never acquired a taste for it... now, if the law had been in place for awhile and I had grown up drinking alcohol, that might be a different story.

Anders
August 11th, 2011, 04:57 PM
I wouldn't drink heavily but I would probably drink more often. Drinking 2 or 3 beers at dinner somewhere would be nice.

Melody
August 11th, 2011, 05:10 PM
Wouldn't matter.

I am currently of legal age to acquire and drink alcohol and I REFUSE to drink any.

I will NEVER drink.

Anders
August 11th, 2011, 05:13 PM
Wouldn't matter.

I am currently of legal age to acquire and drink alcohol and I REFUSE to drink any.

I will NEVER drink.

What has alcohol ever done to you?

Shining Raichu
August 11th, 2011, 05:16 PM
I think it adds to the excitement of underage drinking that it's against the law and that makes it cool, which is a little pathetic but hey that's how rebellious teenage minds work lol. I think if the law didn't make such a big deal out of it then it wouldn't be as much of a problem.

Owl
August 11th, 2011, 05:31 PM
Would you drink alcohol if there was no law, if you are underage that is?

Yes. Not everyday, but during certain occasions and such. I wouldn't drink until I get drunk tho, just one or two or three. Whatever my limit is, I'll stop before it.

Myles
August 11th, 2011, 05:33 PM
I would say most teenagers would probably drink as much as adults. If they could get the money that is.

I'm above the legal drinking age in my country and I don't touch the stuff.

Cherrim
August 11th, 2011, 05:52 PM
I'd like to see the age lowered in places. I think if you're considered an "adult" at 18, you should be able to make your own decisions re: drinking and gambling. But I don't agree with it being lower than that as I don't feel any substances are appropriate before you're considered an adult unless they are prescription. Too much room for abuse. I realize there will be underage drinking and abuse no matter the age but I still feel it needs restrictions.
What has alcohol ever done to you?
Hey. Not cool. This is not a debate forum and this thread is not here so you can judge other peoples' opinions. You never know if someone might have had a horrible experience with alcoholism or something (either their own or a close relative or friend) and if that causes them to never want to touch the substance, it's their own business. And if it's nothing like that and they just think alcohol is vile or it's awful and haven't tried it... it's still their own business. You can politely ask for the whys and why nots, but this is not okay.

Aquacorde
August 11th, 2011, 05:58 PM
I think most teenagers wouldn't drink more than what they already do, really. Perhaps some would do it for the novelty, but otherwise... not much.

I personally have acquired a taste for a shot of White Sambuca over ice as a dessert drink, so I suppose I would drink that occasionally. Or perhaps daiquiris or certain wines. I enjoy very few alcoholic drinks tbh.

metalheadtomboy
August 11th, 2011, 06:09 PM
I never drank before nor does my family have a problem with alchool but drinks dont appeal to me.

marz
August 11th, 2011, 06:12 PM
Well, if there was never an age limit put on alcohol, then I think we'd be better off. Of course you'd have idiots that drink too much and go a little overboard, but you'll have that with or without an age limit. If anyone was allowed to drink whenever they wanted to, it'd be more to the parent's discretion whether or not the child can drink. For example, I would not let my 12 year old drink til he passed out, because it's unhealthy for him. If he wants to have a beer or a glass of wine, sure. He probably wouldn't like the taste anyway.

Without an age limit on alcohol, you're allowing people to buy it freely, and drink it freely. A lot of people may take advantage of this, but you have to hope that they will draw a certain line after having puked and/or passed out once (or several times). Hangovers have taught me not to take it too far anymore.

But hell, people will learn that with or without an alcohol age limit. Honestly, I don't think the limit is all that important. All it is really is a huge handicap to high school students that really want to get drunk next friday night. Well, that's what it is in Canada anyway. Soon as you hit 19 you're free to drink. When it comes to the USA, you have to wait it out a few more years, but my point still remains. The alcohol age limit really doesn't matter unless you're under it. Most underage people don't even like the taste of alcoholic substances.

I don't think my life would have changed very much if there was no age limit, looking back. I wasn't constantly out looking for it, just whenever I did want it I'd have to pay someone else to get me some. If there was no limit, we'd just be cutting out the middleman here. Like I said, age limits don't really stop all that much.

Gold warehouse
August 11th, 2011, 06:36 PM
I always forgot that law even existed. The people that care about it are the people that don't really want to drink anyway. Everyone acted like it was a big deal when I turned 18, but there's nothing I want to and can do now that I wasn't already doing before. No it's not about "being rebellious", I just don't care to let the law define me and my morals.

Anders
August 11th, 2011, 07:39 PM
Hey. Not cool. This is not a debate forum and this thread is not here so you can judge other peoples' opinions. You never know if someone might have had a horrible experience with alcoholism or something (either their own or a close relative or friend) and if that causes them to never want to touch the substance, it's their own business. And if it's nothing like that and they just think alcohol is vile or it's awful and haven't tried it... it's still their own business. You can politely ask for the whys and why nots, but this is not okay.

Oh it was harmless fun! He said he never drank it and mostly I was poking fun at the emphasis in his post. <3

2Cool4Mewtwo
August 11th, 2011, 08:05 PM
Oh it was harmless fun! He said he never drank it and mostly I was poking fun at the emphasis in his post. <3
But Why? It's not NECESSARY! oh look what you made me do :(

Anyways, this wouldn't affect me personally, but I still think it would be really bad, because it leaves many teenagers to cause danger. They're still generally not fully developed enough mentally to make smart decisions. Plus if a 5-year-old is allowed to go buy beer and drink it just like a soda... that's a real problem, obviously.

Misheard Whisper
August 11th, 2011, 09:28 PM
I'd probably try it, like . . . once. I don't think I'd like it, tbh. Judging by the smell and all. Even if I did, I wouldn't make a habit of it. I don't really intend to drink even when I do turn 18, so . . . *shrug*

I would drink the same amount, except maybe a bit more.lolwut toujours

Alice
August 11th, 2011, 09:33 PM
Well, I doubt I'll ever drink whether it's legal or not, so no, I wouldn't.

God
August 11th, 2011, 09:38 PM
I don't think the majority of people drink it because they feel like they're REBELLIOUS or HARDCORE AND FLAUNTING THE LAW, but there's always going to be the few who do. I think the majority would just treat it as another drink they could have, most do nowadays anyway.

But, I for one am not going to touch alcohol until I feel I can be mature about it. It's ruined the lives of my parents, my aunt and most of my family. So alcoholism runs in my genes and I don't want to end up like my parents, who need alcohol to get through the day. I may be over exaggerating it, but I just don't want to become like them.

Oryx
August 11th, 2011, 09:56 PM
lolwut toujours

What's so confusing about that? I'd drink basically the same amount, but there's a possibility that I might drink a bit more because I would have the ability to order alcohol in public with meals.

Kiyoshi the Polar Bear
August 11th, 2011, 10:19 PM
Nope, wouldn't drink. I don't like the thought of making myself mental impaired for the sake of "fun" or relaxation. Besides, I've had enough experience seeing my mom's utter stupidity when she's drunk and my uncle's alcoholism to see that behavior is not for me.

And yes I know everyone's physical response to things is unique to the person but still.

If this law was instilled (which hopefully it will never be because it's a bloody stupid idea for the health of minors), nothing would change for me.

And eh, like I really need the extra calories. I need to save space for those bacon cupcakes, you know.

Water Please. :3

And would young people go crazy like suspected to?
Sure, but it would dull down after a bit. It would becoming a boring, always-available option.

PlatinumDude
August 12th, 2011, 01:10 AM
I wouldn't drink alcohol if it was legalized for any age because I don't want to risk getting drunk and having bad hangovers.

Freedom Fighter N
August 12th, 2011, 03:11 AM
Yay, more 12 years old who "tried things" and got raped on the news!

I wouldn't drink it anyway, it tastes disgusting.

mameshiba
August 12th, 2011, 04:26 AM
In my state, it is legal for people under the age of 21 to drink in their homes, as long they do not go out of the house.

Kevin
August 12th, 2011, 07:15 AM
Nope. Maybe once or twice at parties, but no... I wouldn't drink alcohol.

Cilan.
August 12th, 2011, 07:25 AM
Would you drink alcohol if there was no law, if you are underage that is?
Heck yeah, but not a lot. I probably wouldn't be able to handle too much. Plus I hate hangovers.

Jorah
August 12th, 2011, 10:07 AM
Eh, I drank underage and still now the same :S Perhaps a little more now, but only occasionally. My parents had the idea that if I was allowed a little when I was younger, I wouldn't go crazy when I was 18 when you're allowed to. It was true for me, at least. I like some alcohol, hate others. I like cider, but hate larger, and a lot of alchopops and stuff. I definitely couldn't drink stuff I didn't like for the sole purpose of getting drunk.

Esper
August 12th, 2011, 10:16 AM
Maturity being what it is among the different age levels I'm sure you'd see more public drunkenness and abuse. Alcohol isn't so taboo that people drink it just to break the rules so removing the rules would just make it more accessible and increase the net abuse of it.

I'm old enough to drink, but I don't, so it wouldn't affect me either way.

Pokemon Trainer Touko
August 12th, 2011, 10:22 AM
Ewww hell no, alcohol tastes like s*!t o.o

Saryka
August 12th, 2011, 10:30 AM
I've only recently become of age but even if I were still underage, I don't think I'd drink any more than I do now. I mean, I do drink more now than I did in the past (but it's still not often nor do I go totally nuts with it), however, I don't think that lifting the drinking age would make me go insane and want to get drunk everyday or whatever, you know? The few times I did drink underage, it was, like a glass of wine at dinner or something like that so I didn't feel ~super awesome~ or ~totally rebellious~. I'm not much of a rebellious person to begin with, haha.

Ink Heart
August 13th, 2011, 01:55 AM
I'm underage.. and you know what? My mom and my cousins let me actually taste alcohol. Not too much, just enough to really get the taste of it in your taste buds.

If alcohol does have no age restrictions... I'd probably drink.. but rarely. And just one. Or two. Yeah. It depends on the alcohol. Haha. Plus, I'm not really a drinker.. I'm more on fresh fruit juices. :3

Captain Fabio
August 13th, 2011, 05:25 PM
Ewww hell no, alcohol tastes like s*!t o.o

Well, it does to everyone; I use to dislike the taste of beer and whiskey when I first tried them, but your taste buds mature through life and you like them, but granted, it might be horrid now, which is a good enough reason not to drink! XD