News from British and Canadian Conservatives

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Alberta's drinking age

The Progressive Conservative administration in Alberta is re-examining the drinking age limit in the province. At the moment, anyone over the age of 18 can buy alcohol, as in the UK. However, most Canadian provinces including BC and Saskatchewan have raised their age limit to 19 and in many states in the US alcolhol is restricted to over 21s. The investigation is part of wider plans to tackle alcohol related violence.

I'm not conviced that raising the age limit is the way to go. In Europe, British youths are the heaviest drinking and most likely to commit drunken acts of vandalism or street violence. Britain also has the highest age limit on alcohol sales in Europe. I would like to see the Alberta MLAs broaden the discussion to investigate lowering the drinking age. In particular, I'd like to see a younger age at which teenagers can drink with parental supervision, to encourage youths to learn how to drink responsibly.

I'm also concerned that the suggestion that an 18 year old is old enough to leave full time education, serve in the military, pay taxes, elect a government and have a baby, but can't be trusted to drink sensibly. Alberta's opening a can of worms and I hope that they recognise that before it's too late.


wheatgerm said...

Dont worry there will be so many laws that you wont be able to fight anymore. Remeber to never trust the politition for they are all traitors to somebody.

Anonymous said...

I think it is totally ridiculous that they are going to raise the drinking age. I believe that kids that are 16 and above should be able to drink with adult supervision.In Germany, kids are allowed to drink in pubs at the age of 16 till midnight, which I felt is reasonable. Also with the graduated driving license, kids do understand the responsibility of drinking and driving, probably better then older adults.

Feynman and Coulter's Love Child said...

Agreed: if the Alberta liquor laws go anywhere, more lax is the solution to the bar violence.

Again borrowing England, if the 2am last call leads to fights for cabs and pizza lineups as everybody gets kicked out of the bar simultaneously (Whyte Avenue has about 40 bars over 6 blocks), why not end the 2am last call?

(A side note: the city has a moratorium on new taxicabs and new bars, which just leads to further strain on the existing other words, more fights).

Josh said...

If we drink at an earlier age with our parents we will learn the correct responsibility to drink safley and understandably.

raising the drinking age will only cause more problems.

Anonymous said...

yea tell ya the truth i drink an drive all the time an im not 21 shit happens "it is wat it is" shit

Dan Hassett said...

I can't say that I'd advocate drinking and driving. It's not worth the risk that something might go horribly wrong.

Anonymous said...

I think that this is stupid. If they raise the drinking age what happens tp the people that are already 18 they say they can't go to the bar all of a sudden. thats not fair. If this law goes through it is just encouraging people to get fake id's. if someone under the age of 18 wants to get alcohol all they have to do is get someone else to buy it for them and so raising the drinking age WON'T change the number of underage drinking