Thoughts on social drinking.
I just recently arrived home from a normal 10 hour shift at work tonight behind a bar. 2pm - 12 am serving beer to customers. Whilst working tonight (and if no body already realises this, I'm Australian) I wondered why the United States has a drinking age of 21. 21? Why is the age so high? This got me thinking: "Aussies are brought up with alcohol from a young age, so why is the USA 21?
I got thinking, why the hell is the USA have a drinking age of 21?
- At the age of 16, you can legally have sex with anyone older than you, (even someone who is 87), marry them and have children.
- You can be independent, have a tax file number and work for a living
- Drive a car, and be responsible for your life and the life of others, but the most important point that i don't understand:
- You can join the army, shoot and kill someone (I call this close to murder) in war at the age of 18 in the USA, but you can't have a social beer with mates or even your father at the dinner table.
These are only a few points I wanted to talk about. But it got me thinking. Shooting and killing someone, yet not having a beer? Americans who are 18 - 20 - I feel for you, and I dont understand.
Post your thoughts and comments, and help me understand this. (This blog was cut short because I really need to pee.)