Raising the legal drinking age to 21

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Faerie (March 15, 2011, 11:11:56 AM):
I doubt it would have any effect whatsoever on the amount being consumed by teenagers in general, in fact, dare I speculate, that it would become more prevalent?

My eldest (18), came home last night with the boot of his little Tazz PACKED with papsakke and cases of beer - he and his buddies took the whole threat very seriously, pooled their money and spent around R400 on cheap booze which will be stored in MY house because I'm the only mom in the crowd that allows them to drink at home. :/ (Not sure whether I'm impressed or not, but nevermind)

I enjoyed this article:

Let them have Beer
I shouldn’t have been - because nothing should be surprising on the internet - but I was still mildly taken aback at the clamour of online support for some faceless, nameless government nincompoop’s proclamation that the legal drinking age should be raised from 18 to 21 in South Africa.

I would imagine that the pea-brain thinking behind such a statement is to put a halt to underage drinking, thereby saving some impressionable youths from a lifetime of staring down the bottle, or at the very least ensuring they don’t dribble champagne onto their brand new Aramani suits when stumbling around ZAR and the like.

Mercifully, the online community does not represent the majority of South Africa’s thinking (if it does, heaven help us, because then we’re all damned), but I was dismayed at the fervent desperate housewife support said statement received. Numerous “Yes, yes this will save our young” or “It’s about time this happened” and “Alcohol should be banned outright” comments flooded News24 on the day of the report. And by the looks of things, many of these inane comments came from people who look like they should know better
(my bold :/)

GCG (March 15, 2011, 11:46:08 AM):
while the idea behind this is admirable, the target market is hardly the kind that walk to the local spar to buy their papsak. if they want to drink, they will find a shabeen, somewhere, and they will get sold booze. no problem.
just more legislation that means buggerall.
BoogieMonster (March 15, 2011, 12:26:14 PM):
Yeah prohibition has had such a profound effect on Tik usage, Dagga usage, Glue usage, and every other "indecent" substance out there. Surely prohibiting drinking should be a Resounding success! ::)
Faerie (March 15, 2011, 13:10:04 PM):
Furthermore, stronger liquor surged in popularity because its potency made it more profitable to smuggle. To prevent bootleggers from using industrial ethyl alcohol to produce illegal beverages, the government ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols. In response, bootleggers hired chemists who successfully renatured the alcohol to make it drinkable. As a response, the Treasury Department required manufacturers to add more deadly poisons, including the particularly deadly methyl alcohol. New York City medical examiners prominently opposed these policies because of the danger to human life. As many as 10,000 people died from drinking denatured alcohol before Prohibition ended.[32]

Another lethal substance that was often substituted for alcohol was "canned heat," also commonly known as Sterno. By forcing the substance through a make-shift filter, such as a handkerchief, to create a rough liquor substitute. However, the result was poisonous, though not often lethal. Many of those who were poisoned as a result united to sue the government for reparations after the end of Prohibition.[33]

Mandarb (March 15, 2011, 14:55:21 PM):
And that has really stopped people not drinking from when they want to in the states. Hell, the 18 range here didn't stop me from drinking before I was 18, and I doubt it would have for a lot of other people.


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