DARE…To stand up and say something!

November 12th, 2008 travis Leave a comment Go to comments

I sat on this for a few months now, but I have to say something. The recent scuttlebutt about lowing the drinking age has opened the door to an important conversation about alcohol and the youth. As a homebrewer and as a relatively recent graduate of college, I have a unique perspective on this issue. I would like to take few minutes to let you know how I feel and open this up to response.

First off, what happens at 21 that makes someone so different? In this country, an “underage” person who is 20 years old is treated the same way as an underage person that is 17 years old. Both can drive and both are under the required age of 21 years. However, one of them is going to be giving free reign to buy and consume alcohol in 12 months where the other is still four years away from that important date.

It’s my opinion that we are creating young adults, that are going to be exposed to alcohol on a regular basis after their 21st birthday, that are not prepared to socially consume alcohol. These kids one day are hiding from police at house parties, binge drinking for a buzz, and treating alcohol like a drug used by junkies. The next day we open the flood gates and they can go out to a liquor store and buy any kind of booze or beer their heart desires.

Furthermore, everyone these new legal adults know people that are still under age. If a 21 year old buys alcohol for their 20 year old friend, they are serving alcohol to a minor. Besides not preparing these new adults for their professional careers, we’re setting them up to be criminals by the very system we perpetuate.

Now somewhere along the line, owning an establishment that serves alcohol became a despicable drug dealer instead of a go-getter entrepreneur. These business owners are presumed guilty if an underage person enters their establishment and buys alcohol with a fake ID. Never mind that when an underage person enters a bar under false pretense they are trespassing, it’s still the fault of the bar owner. This is just crazy. To take it a step further, if a bar is closed down due to under age alcohol violations in NYS, the next bar owner has to deal with the fines and violations as if it happened while they owned the property…but I digress.

Sadly bar owners are treated like drug dealers and thugs, while they instead create a safe, monitored alcohol consuming environment. Not like house parties, keggers, field shindigs and boat parties that are havens for alcohol related death, rape and just general tomfoolery. A bar has groups of adults, bouncers and the bar owner, that are all there with the job of keeping things in order. This compared to a house party where there is no one to limit access to alcohol or monitor someone who has had too much to drink.

Finally, I don’t think that the drinking age is the problem. To me, the demonization of alcohol is the real problem. We take kids, tell them it’s bad and horrible for 20 years, 11 months and then bang…suddenly its everywhere and it’s your right to drink as much or as little as you want. I’ve seen it at the colleges; I’ve seen it in the high schools. We’re not preparing young people to be adults. They treat alcohol as a drug where the only intent is to get fucked up. If an adult wanted to teach their child about alcohol consumption in a controlled environment, they would be labeled a horrible, irresponsible parent.

The treatment of alcohol in our current society (in regards to underage drinking) is eerily similar to the conditions that led to prohibition. Mothers fueled with righteous indignation screaming louder than the masses calling for further and further control of alcohol because it’s ruining our society and killing young people. MADD, SADD and every other ADD related group was always focused on fighting drinking and driving. The laws are now incredibly strict and police take the offense very seriously. So why are they continuing to push for further punishment of alcohol related offenses? Perhaps they should shorten things up from Against Drunk Driving to Against Drinking.

This is not a healthy balance and we are not preparing young adults for adulthood (in fact I would go so far as to call it a hypocrisy, but that’s just me). The key is not to keep them from alcohol, it’s to teach them to say no. If we can’t do that, we’re never going to be able to keep them from wanting it.

Ah, glad I got that off my chest. Cheers.

For more information, check out David Hanson Ph.D

Categories: Commentary Tags:
  1. Mark Tichenor
    November 13th, 2008 at 00:40 | #1

    Hear hear! I appreciate our reasoning and agree with the concept that demonizing alcohol and presenting it as a taboo to our kids- a taboo that Mommy and Daddy break all the time, is no way to prepare them for responsible consumption on that magical 21st birthday.

    But I don’t see dropping the drinking age to 18 as a panacea either. The same kids that’ll get blasted all the time when they turned 21 (and probably have been for a while before that) will just do it at 18, minus the diffiulties of getting shitfaced under one’s parents’ roof.

    In addition to dropping the age, more appropriate alcohol education is needed; not just that drinking and driving will get you killed, but that alcohol is part of a global food culture, and most people enjoy it as part of their mealtimes or social periods in moderation.

    Take the mystery/taboo away, and kids will be better prepped for that day when they “grow up.”

  2. Travis
    November 13th, 2008 at 17:03 | #2

    I am not totally sold on lowing the drinking age. But I am glad that it’s being brought up because this is an important conversation that needs to be had.

    With that said, I think we should take a serious look at what effect the current drinking age has had on alcohol consumption between the ages of 18 and 21. My feeling is that we would all be surprised at how ineffective of a deterrent the current drinking age is.

    In parts of Canada the drinking age is 19, we should perhaps look at what kind of impact that has had on their youth.

    Thanks for the feed back.

  1. No trackbacks yet.

9 − two =

Spam protection by WP Captcha-Free

Get Adobe Flash playerPlugin by wpburn.com wordpress themes
buy viagra vaniqa prescription
cheapest 4 quantity of viagra
buy online viagra in the uk
order viagra
buy free viagra on internet
cheap generic viagra no script
buy discount soma
buy viagra cheapest
buy lexapro
Cars Watch Online
cheap india viagra
cheap viagra uks
cheap cheap viagra
viagra buy it
cheap viagra discount
buy cheap online viagra viagra
Event Horizon
cheapest in uk viagra
cialis 10
cialis no prescription
cheapest generic viagra and canada
order viagra visit your doctor online
cialis 30mg
buy discount viagra viagra viagra
buy cheap viagra in uk
cheap generic viagra no prescription
buy cheap online uk viagra
buy viagra online now buy viagra
buy cheap generic online viagra
cheapest place to buy viagra
cialis 20
order viagra uk
viagra buy ionline
cheap online generic viagra
order viagra softtabs
cheap viagra bi
buy viagra viagra
buy keyword online viagra
buy viagra in uk
cheapest viagra online
buy viagra online in uk
buy deal online sale viagra viagra
buy viagra for cheap
buy online viagra viagra
buy viagra safeway pharmacy
buy viagra online a href
buy free online sale viagra viagra
buy viagra online get prescription
buy viagra cialis levitra
buy viagra next day delivery
buy viagra 50mg
Chicken Little Watch Online
cheap meltabs viagra
cheap pill viagra
buy avandia
cheap canadian viagra
buy viagra sale
buy discount propecia
viagra buy general
cheap mexico viagra
buy viagra us pharmacy low prices
cheapest viagra online plus zenegra
order viagra overnight shipping
buy online order viagra
viagra by mail order
Brief Encounter Watch Online
viagra and cialis cheap
buy viagra softtabs
buy viagra in malaysia
buy lopressor
viagra calgary
buy pharmaceutical viagra
Bridget Joness Diary Watch Online
buy online purchase viagra
buy viagra where
order cialis
buy viagra in spain
cheap genric viagra online
buy lipitor
buy get online prescription viagra
cheap order site viagra
buy cheap viagra prescription online
cheap online pill viagra
cheap discount levitra
viagra buying
buy file viagra
order viagra online uk
viagra buy viagra
buy cheap viagra online now
buy viagra in mexico
buy lexapro
buy kamagra viagra india
cheap kamagra viagra
buy viagra online at lowest price
cheapest uk supplier viagra
Bridge to Terabithia Watch Online
cheap pill pill sale viagra
buy viagra online india
buy cialis no prescription
cheapest online viagra
buy viagra cheapest best prices online
cheap deal deal pill viagra
order viagra with mastercard
order viagra viagra
discount levitra
Breach Watch Online
buy viagra and cilas usa
buy viagra alternative
discount viagra uk
buy viagra without prescription pharmacy online
buy female viagra
buy softtabs viagra
City of Ember Watch Online
buy generic online viagra
cheap discount viagra viagra
buy cheap viagra
order viagra prescription
Broken Arrow Watch Online
order viagra here
buy cialis online viagra
order viagra without prescription
buy viagra online in australia
Cast Away Watch Online
order cialis online
cheapest viagra prices
cheapest viagra online pharmacy
buy cozaar
order generic viagra online
order pfizer viagra with mastercard
cialis 20mg
buy viagra online alternative viagra
buy deal herbal viagra viagra
buy kamagra viagra
buy viagra online web meds
buy neurontin
cheap genaric viagra kamagra
cheapest viagra uk
order viagra 1
buy internet viagra
cheap deal pill pill viagra
buy nexium
cheap deal pill viagra viagra
cheap pharmacy viagra
buy levitra canada
viagra buy uk
cheap levitra
purchase levitra online
buy free viagra viagra
viagra by phone
cheap discount cialis
viagra and cialas
cheapest viagra in the uk
cheapest viagra on the internet
buy diovan
cheap viagra at online pharmacy
buy overseas viagra
buy generic viagra pharmacy online
buy generic viagra online pharmacy online
buy viagra london
cheap viagra uk
Canadian Bacon Buy Online
buy in online usa viagra
buy discount price sale viagra viagra
buy cheap generic viagra online
buy cialis now
buy viagra online without prescription
cheap deal viagra
buy viagra online order
viagra brands
cheap generic viagra
buy viagra online online pharmacy
viagra buy oonline
buy no online prescription viagra
cheap online sales viagra
buy cialis canada
discount viagra pharmacy online
Capote Buy Online Buy Online
buy viagra in amsterdam
buy viagra toronto
buy viagra prescription america
cheapest prices on generic viagra
Carrie Buy Online
buy say viagra
buy viagra 1
buy viagra or cilas
cheap cheap viagra viagra
order viagra on line
buy viagra cialis
Chain Reaction Watch Online
buy online pharmacy viagra
cheapest viagra on the net
viagra buy australia
cheapest uk viagra
buy viagra and overseas
buy glucophage
buy viagra viagra online
buy viagra in new zealand
City of Angels Watch Online
buy cialis online
buy viagra without prescription
buy buy sale viagra viagra
buy viagra at safeway
buy viagra online paypal
buy cheap viagra uk
buy viagra online and get prescription
viagra and cialis and
buy viagra overnight
purchase levitra
buy viagra bradenton
buy viagra australian
buy viagra from brazil
buy norvasc
cialis 30
order viagra usa
discount viagra pills
cheapest viagra in uk che
buy online viagra viagra viagra
buy viagra and cilas
Butterfly on a Wheel Watch Online
buy discount viagra
discount viagra mastercard
cheap cialis online
cheap cialis viagra
cheap online purchase viagra
cheapest brand viagra
buy viagra in london
buy real viagra pharmacy online
buy viagra in canada
buy cheapest viagra online
buy viagra with paypal
buy online drug viagra pharmacy
buy deal viagra
discount viagra generic
buy viagra in toronto
buy from pharmacy us viagra
discount viagra sales online
buy buy cheap viagra
cheapest viagra online in the uk
buy online online pill viagra viagra
buy cheap deal online viagra viagra
cheap generic viagra online
cheap viagra st
buy prescription vaniqa viagra
buy viagra from safeway
buy viagra pills
buy discount generic viagra
buy online sale viagra viagra
Bug Watch Online
cheap viagra generic
cheap generic 50 mg viagra
cheap herbal viagra
order prescription viagra
buy generic no online prescription viagra
buy sildenafil viagra
buy online prescription viagra
buy diflucan
buy viagra cheap
cheap viagra direct
Click Watch Online
buy viagra online
cheap no prescription viagra
cheapest prescription viagra
order viagra online
order viagra buying viagr
buy line viagra where
cheap kamagra uk viagra
viagra buy do nu
buy now online viagra
viagra canada prescription
buy cheap viagra online uk
buy viagra in great britain
cheapest place to buy viagra online
generic levitra
buy cheap purchase uk viagra
buy viagra here in the uk
buy crestor
buy viagra powered by phpbb
buy depakote
buy caverta
Casino Watch Online
buy viagra cheap online
order viagra buying viagra uk
cheapest cheap viagra
viagra and coupon
buy canada viagra
order viagra now money
cheapest viagra price
buy low price viagra
buy discount online viagra
buy viagra onli
buy canada in viagra
buy viagra in united kingdom
cheap viagra online uk
cheap viagra without a prescription
buy viagra pharmacy online
buy in online uk viagra
cheap pharmaceutical viagra
buy cipro
Cliffhanger Watch Online
buy clomid
order viagra cheap
Bulletproof Watch Online
buy viagra woman
cheapest generic viagra and cialis
buy viagra from an online pharmacy
buy online prescription viagra without
cheap deal discount viagra viagra
viagra and cialis
buy online sale viagra
discount viagra offers
order cialis and viagra
cheap viagra india
buy flomax
viagra by money order
viagra by the pill
buy fosamax
discount viagra online
buy celebrex
cheap order prescription viagra
buy viagra in australia
Bully Watch Online
order viagra onlines
buy viagra soft tabs
discount viagra canada
cheap discount viagra
buy viagra online order generic viagra
buy viagra per pill
buy viagra no prescription
discount viagra viagra
buy deal deal price viagra
order viagra international ships
cheaper viagra levitra apcalis
buy viagra securely online
cheap drugs viagra cialas
buy cheap deal pill viagra
cheap overnight viagra
order discount viagra
cipro 20
order mexican viagra
cheap molde ticket viagra
buy cheap cialis generic levitra viagra
cheapest price for viagra and cialis
buy cheap sale viagra
buy viagra over the counter
buy cheap viagra online now uk
buy viagra low cost
cheapest viagra
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance teen Watch Online
buy online uk viagra
viagra buying online
buy cheap deal viagra viagra viagra
buy real viagra online
cheapest generic viagra
cheapest viagra tablets
buy cheap viagra online
cheapest price viagra
Bugsy Malone Watch Online
cheapest viagra in uk
order viagra overnight delivery
buy locally viagra
order uk viagra
buy cheap discount levitra
cheap viagra online order viagra now
cheap levitra online
buy generic viagra usa
buy viagra over the counter us
buy cheap uk viagra
buy cheap levitra
cheap online softtabs viagra
cialis 1
buy viagra online paypal vipps
order levitra online
buy viagra on the internet
viagra canada price
cheap prescription viagra
buy buying sale viagra
buy online levitra cialis viagra
cheapest viagra on line
cheap herbal viagra viagra
buy cheapest online viagra
cheapest generic substitute viagra
buy online price viagra
buy viagra online discount
buy viagra pill
buy generic viagra img
buy viagra from canada
buy cheap generic viagra
buy online viagra securely
cheapest price for viagra
cheap source viagra
cheap sale viagra
Chicago Watch Online
cheap deal discount price viagra
buy viagra contact us page
discount viagra
discount viagra in the usa
viagra cailis
discount viagra perscription drug
cheap viagra without prescription
cheap free viagra viagra
buy online pill viagra
buy viagra onlines
buy viagra without prescription online pharmacy
buy viagra online pharmacy
Carlitos Way Buy Online
buy cheap viagra online u
order order viagra
buy cheap discount cialis
order viagra canada
buy cost low viagra
order viagra cialis levitra pharmacy
viagra brand
viagra brazil
buy viagra online at cheap price
buy p viagra
cheap viagra credit
buy viagra pill online
cheap viagra in uk
buy cheap p viagra
buy in spain viagra
buy viagra prescription
buy generic viagra buy
buy viagra at the best price
buy viagra other drug online
viagra buy generic
buy viagra for women
cheap viagra cialis india
cheap viagra fast shipping
buy viagra ups
buy pill viagra
cheap generic viagra substitute
buy diet viagra online
buy viagra ebay
Cape Fear Buy Online
order viagra online consumer rx
cheap drug viagra
cheap generic viagra substitutes
cheapest viagra in uk cheap
order cheap viagra fas
usa cialis
cheaper viagra
buy viagra on-line
buy discounted viagra
discount viagra sales
buy viagra internet
cheapest generic silagra viagra
order viagra viagra online
buy pharmacy pill viagra
Bullitt Watch Online
cheapest site viagra
buy cheap online prescription viagra
cheap soft tab viagra
buy cheapest viagra
buy cheap tamiflu
buy sale viagra
buy viagra free on internet
buy pill price price viagra
buy cheap site viagra
buy viagra online uk
buy now viagra
cheapest prices for viagra online
buy claritin
V for Vendetta Watch Online
order cheap viagra
cheap viagra canada
buy coumadin
buy online viagra where
buy in uk viagra
buy viagra now online
cheap viagra online
buy viagra online australia
buy kamagra
buy discount viagra online
viagra buy
buy price viagra
cheapest place buy viagra online
buy deal online online viagra viagra
buy viagra online cheapest
buy viagra online in
cheap online order viagra
buy cialis viagra
buy now cialis
order prescription viagra without
cheap generic substitute viagra
cheap generic viagra uk
buy online online viagra viagra
discount viagra sale online
cheapest generic viagra and cialis pills
buy nexium
buy viagra with discount
buy viagra cheap prices
buy viagra cheap india pharmacy
cheap cialis online
cheap generic viagra from usa
buy viagra all information
viagra by mail canada
cheap generic overnight viagra
cheap viagra 25mg