DRINKING AGE

This is going to deviate a little from what you are used to hearing me talk about.  I want to talk about the legal drinking age in the United States. As I am sure you all know, the legal drinking age here in America is 21. However this was not always the case. It used to be 18 but changed in 1984. I was born in 1990 so for me, I have always been used to the 21+ rule. Admittedly, I drank before then at home, but had to wait to drink in public until I was 21, for legal reasons. So why am I bringing this up? Because honestly, I think the drinking age needs to change. Why? Because there are people I know, myself included, who drank before 21 and never got drunk. They drink responsibly! On the other side of the coin, I know and have seen people WAY over 21 that drink as a way of life and are completely irresponsible with their drinking rights.  So I think as long as you don’t get stupid with it, there is nothing wrong with having a beer before the age of 21. I have been to the Bahamas. Do you know what the drinking age is there? There isn’t one! Legally, in the Bahamas, in order to drink, the only requirement is that you can reach the bar…and they have swim-up bars all over the place in the resort areas. The US is the only country that I am aware of that has the drinking age set so high. (If you know of any others, please feel free to correct me). But everywhere else in the world is 18 and, in the case I just said with the Bahamas, younger. Controversial as it sounds, I think the government should keep tabs on people who drink and somehow monitor how much people are drinking and cut them off before they get out of control. This is where people start doing stupid shit that they normally would not do. Their brain is just as drunk as the person and they cannot think straight.  Now do I expect this plan to ever happen? No, of course not.  I realize how much time, energy and money that’d cost, but it seems like a semi-realistic solution. I am a social drinker, personally. I drink when I am stressed or in good company, but I do it in moderation. I will have a beer with family around the holidays, sure. But a few drinks around Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day and New Years…does that make me an alcoholic? If that’s the case, most, if not all Americans, are alcoholics around that time. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up in a week, and Hell yeah…I’m gonna have a drink. Slainte! Not to get too controversial, but look at the Communion in the Catholic church and religion. (Note: I am not too familiar with any other religious customs or traditions, so I am sticking to Catholicism and Christianity). The “blood of Christ” is given to Catholics as a symbol of faith in second grade. And what exactly is the “blood of Christ”? WINE! So if little kids can drink in Church, even if it is consecrated, holy and a religious rite of passage, why can’t it be applied to everyday situations? I am not encouraging drinking by any means, but my point is, if you are smart enough to realize what you are doing, then you should be able to have a beer. So I want to hear from you. Am I way out of line with this logic or are you drunk enough reading this to the point where I make sense? Let me know in the comments section and, as always, thanks for reading!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

One thought on “DRINKING AGE”

  1. I agree with what you have to say hon. I had a sip of kosher wine which is disgusting at 13 on my Bat Mitzvah. I drink socially with my family. I tend to have a few drinks on the holidays because those are special times of the year. I am smart about drinking. I drink with family and friends. I especially love going out to lunch with you and having a drink with you hon!

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