Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Legal drinking at 21
The idea that the legal age for drinking be increased to 21 is receving wide spread support based on a poll that shows 68% in favour at time of posting. Young adults will go behind parents back and try alcohol, be it alone or through peer pressure. By moving the legal age up will not stop underage drinking. How many parents supply their kids with alcohol as 'schoolies' week. At the Gold Coast, a notorious spot for teens celebrating the end of their school years, Hotel/motel rooms get trashed, young people get arrested and property gets damaged. Parents happily supplying beer and spirits in ridiculous amounts.
A prime example is a father who holds a birthday party for his son who had turned 16. Over 700 teenagers arrived at the party, the father later stating he was the only security present. Now how can one man control 700 kids who are affected by alcohol? The same man said to the then mayor, Kevin Byrne, he would do it all again. Neighbours were terrorised, property destroyed. Some parents spend too much time tree hugging and cultivating their green to even acknowledge the seriousness of allowing these kind of things to occur. Raising the legal age for alcohol will not work when adults supply liqour to minors, and think it is acceptable.