Friday, September 17, 2004

Legal Age to Drink

Some Obscute Law Professor in Tennessee wrote in his blog his thoughts about the legal drinking age in the US.

Here in good ol' BC, the drinking age is 19. For those fortunate enough to leave in or near Alberta, you've only gotta be 18 to enjoy a brewski. Perhaps this is one area where the Europeans have it right. Most countries in Europe (ie Germany, Italy, Greece) don't really have a drinking age limit. I don't have any stats to back me up, but I bet you don't see in those countries the kinds of idiocy that occur in North America with underage drinkers. Not to mention, if a 14 year old wants to get his hands on some booze in Canada, it is easy enough to do. The law hasn't even come close to wiping out underage drinking.

It makes for an interesting discussion though. I'd don't necessarily agree with doing away with the law altogether; it would bring absolute chaos! But cops do have better things to do with their time than break up the teenage mating ritual known as the bonfire.