Alternative ways to look at the proposed Under-21s drinking ban

2015-08-15 16:56

Setting the drinking age at 21 while allowing people at the age of 18 to vote makes perfect sense to me. After all, drunk at the age of 18 and you may inadvertently elect politicians who can reason, that is if such politicians exist.

I received the following comments during my interviews with fictitious Under-21s:

I am afraid that if I come to think little of drinking; I may entertain the idea of becoming a politician and doing nothing useful all day long.

The government drove me to drink and now they want to curb me.

I get more goodness from alcohol than from the President’s speeches.

The problem with a strong drink is that you may shoot at a politician and miss.

Alcohol is my only narcotic now that living in a real democracy disturbs me.

There is hardly anything meaningful left for me to do now that we have freedom, except perhaps, drinking and being merry all day long.

Alcohol is the anaesthesia by which I endure political conflicts, religious conflicts, racial conflicts, family conflicts, work conflicts...

Alcohol: The last refuge from human civilisation.

Alcohol: A solution to all life's problems, especially when the solution is in my body.

Converting shopping malls into beer gardens is an effective way to revitalize the economy.

Alcohol: It gives people hope in a world torn apart by alcohol.

It is a pity since it is 90% of alcoholics that give the other 10% a bad name.

On a serious note, alcohol consumption is a complex multifaceted problem. If the drug problem is anything to go by, I am not convinced that an age ban will be of much help.

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