In the United States of America when one turns 18 years old one is considered legally an adult. The adult can now sue, be sued, be tried as an adult (we'll get to the hypocrisies and contradictions later), be executed, join the military and kill, have sex, smoke tobacco, get married (without parental permission), quit school, purchase R-rated movies and up (including porn), vote, sign contracts, get into debt etc.
However a person who is legally classified as an adult regarding all of these good things, is then classified as a minor aka a "child," "a person of lesser importance" or perhaps not a person at all.
Our right to put something we want into our bodies is denied to us once again and we are told it's "Bad for you," "bad for your mental development," "your body is not mature enough to handle it," "you are too much a child for this! Grow up some before you can have it!" and what would that be, that is so BAD for us... mind you BECAUSE we have not yet reacher another arbitrary age?
Ah, we meet again!
Ah, we meet again!
Oh no! Alcohol is the devil! It hurts so many young people today! We must help them by not allowing them to have it and when they do (they always do) get it punish them and make them criminals, make their lives filled with sadness and persecution (aka prosecution) so it'll be much harder for them to get a job and go to college!
Just because they want to drink some beer! OH THE HORROR! THE HORROR!
Yes, alcohol IS bad for you. It can maim and kill you and many people have died due to this legal intoxicant.
However, putting someone in jail because they just want to hang out with their friends, act like fools (all drunk people act like fools, age is irrelevant) and then pass out is not helping anyone!
- Put them in treatment centers if they have a problem!
- Teach them the dangers of alcohol.(Teaching someone something is always helpful, America's public schools have failed me and everyone else.)
- Tell them that alcohol is safe when used in moderation!
- Tell them they could and other people could die if they use too much! Or drive while drunk!
- Make it stick!