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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 2:45 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Well, not exactly. I'm not defending alcoholics so much as people who drink socially. Razz I don't like to socially drink myself, but I don't care either way about others doing so.

Perhaps there is a genetic predisposition, and I'll have to look into that some more, but it's not like genetic predisposition means that you're forced to drink. Razz You can have a genetic predisposition to cancer, but that doesn't mean you're guaranteed to get it. Plus, is it a genetic disposition to drinking, or addiction-proneness in general?

You do bring up a good point with the hurting others, though. However, this has nothing to do with the drinking age, since people of all ages drink and smoke and hurt others through it. When underage, they're more likely to drink in secret, among other underage or barely of age or probably not older people their parents would approve of, and thus less regulated.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe the drinking age is because you are more likely to know your limit, when to stop drinking before you're too far gone, when you are a little older and more mature. Kind of like at a swimming pool, everyone who is under a certain age must take a swim test to go in the deep end. That doesn't mean that everyone over that age can swim perfectly and can't possibly drown. They just have more common sense and know their limits better.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, but for swimming there is a test. For drinking age there is none. Albeit, I'm not sure what the test would be for that anyways. Razz

Eh, I'm not sure about older people even knowing their limits. They just don't get tested.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the people who made those laws do seem to just assume you'll know yer limits by that age...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chocolate Ninja wrote:
Ah, but for swimming there is a test. For drinking age there is none. Albeit, I'm not sure what the test would be for that anyways. Razz

Eh, I'm not sure about older people even knowing their limits. They just don't get tested.


No, it was just a metaphor. The test, whatever the heck it would be (can you down 10 shots and not pass out?), would allow you to drink underage. That would make the age limit pointless in the first place.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I'm lost.
I've totally lost track of this disscussion.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, just because you don't pass out doesn't mean that you should be drinking ten shots. Razz I can see how the threat of the test might be effective-ish in deterring people who want to be able to drink, but I don't think there's any really effective way to test whether or not you should get to drink. Or whether you should, but Prohibition didn't work out too swell. Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chocolate Ninja wrote:
Well, just because you don't pass out doesn't mean that you should be drinking ten shots. Razz I can see how the threat of the test might be effective-ish in deterring people who want to be able to drink, but I don't think there's any really effective way to test whether or not you should get to drink. Or whether you should, but Prohibition didn't work out too swell. Razz


Um, I was kinda sarcastic when I said the ten shots thing. I wasn't really serious, someone's gonna get killed. The U.S. Government would be the laughingstock of the world for supporting such a policy.

Prohibition didn't work out so great mainly because with opression comes rebellion. This took place in a time of great change for the U.S., and drinking people had had enough (women can vote now, for crying out loud!!). They said, forget it, we can drink if we want to. The Prohibitionalists were a bit harsh, not taking any time to try to get people to stop drinking and going straight to braking barrels of liquor into public waters. Rolling Eyes I don't know what would be good for this, and I'm glad that I don't have to decide what is.


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