03 Feb 2012

Should There Be Legal Age Limit To Drinking / Alcohol Consumption?

Usually, a human over 18 years of age is considered as an 'adult'; meaning he/she is sensible enough to take the decisions on their own based on their conscience & intelligence. Recently, there was an uproar amongst the Indian youth upon the new drinking age limit setup by the Government, raising to 25.

Many youngsters were annoyed by this decision of the Indian Government; and the Times Of India launched a campaign: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/its-my-life/campaign.cms that prominently sent out the message "Treat Your Adults With Respect".

Do you believe, that there should be a legal age limit to drinking?
4_Tech

4_Tech

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03 Feb 2012
saw a good video once...seems a good thread to share...do watch...
Sahithi Pallavi

Sahithi Pallavi

Computer Science
10 Feb 2012
The_Big_K
Do you believe, that there should be a legal age limit to drinking?
Who cares the age actually while selling/buying/drinking? Lots of judgements, lots of amendments and tons of G.Os. They were just limited to papers these days. Only in typical situations they would be used. Am I wrong?
10 Feb 2012
Yes, but how can people track that the ones less than 18 doesn't buy one? Too tough!
circularsquare

circularsquare

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10 Feb 2012
The_Big_K
Do you believe, that there should be a legal age limit to drinking?
Of course , there has to be a legal age limit to drinking . Else we will have 8-year old and 10-year old kids starting to drink .
Why don't we allow children to vote and do other things ? For the same reason children shouldn't be allowed to drink by law.

But I would raise another issue. And that has to do with definition of "adult" . On what basis is it decided that 18 years has to be the point after which a person has to be marked as an adult ? It has to do with attaining of physical maturity on an average . But does physical maturity mean intellectual maturity ? I highly doubt this.

I feel this whole concept of 18 years to be able to do everything is just too big a burden on the poor number.

For some things such as driving vehicles it seems valid as a person attains "physical" maturity by that age. But for things such as marriage , voting , drinking I believe a more mature age has to be 21.

I say this because these decision making processes need intellectual maturity and which can properly occur only after a person completes graduation on an average.

At the age of 18 most students enter college life and majority of them get into the habit of drinking purely on peer pressure. Given an uncluttered mind not many would go for drinking. If they are of an age where they have finished college they are in better position to decide whether drinking is good for them or not.
Hence I would root for 21 as a valid age for drinking. 25 seems a bit too older.

Of course everyone is concerned about rights these days and not so much about duties. Hence no one will agree for different age limits for different things. And so we are stuck with the number 18 as being the sign of adulthood.

P.S :- Our country has one added problem. That of corruption and low ethics. Whatever age is fixed people will break the laws and bribe the authorities. Hence 25 years is too high an age. As it will induce more people to break the law. It seems open invitation for corruption.

P.P.S :- I personally don't think drinking is a good idea so I am not with the youth who think drinking is a good idea. My stance is do what you want, just don't include me in this. Of course , forcing things on people is not the way to educate them . But I would like to see a society in which drinking is nearly absent. And I would like the people to do so by their own free will. As that effect would be more permanent.
I agree with what the Bawa guy in the video says with regards to ill effects of drinking.
10 Feb 2012
Instead of setting age limits on stuff; the Government should see that alcohol is eliminated from the society.
circularsquare

circularsquare

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10 Feb 2012
The_Big_K
Instead of setting age limits on stuff; the Government should see that alcohol is eliminated from the society.
And from where will we get our excise duty will be the honest (but not admitted in public) reply of the Government.
Sahithi Pallavi

Sahithi Pallavi

Computer Science
10 Feb 2012
The_Big_K
Instead of setting age limits on stuff; the Government should see that alcohol is eliminated from the society.
That would never happen, in fact our ministers don't let it happen.
Recently ACB has done a great job here. They have raided almost in all the syndicate liquor shops and they were shocked by seeing their records.

They have very clearly written like this -
80K bribe given to --<minister name>-
70K given to --<minister name>-
40K given to --<SI name>-
--
--

It was a great help to ACB to prove those ministers, but don't know how much they will succeed.
aarthivg

aarthivg

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10 Feb 2012
The_Big_K
Instead of setting age limits on stuff; the Government should see that alcohol is eliminated from the society.
I think government wont eliminate, because it gives huge revenue to our government.
10 Feb 2012
aarthivg
I think government wont eliminate, because it gives huge revenue to our government.
It can. But it's more about the 'personal' revenues of the corrupt politicians.
aarthivg

aarthivg

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10 Feb 2012
The_Big_K
It can. But it's more about the 'personal' revenues of the corrupt politicians.
right, the present scenario is that those corrupted politicians are in this government only.
Reya

Reya

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10 Feb 2012
Consuming alcohol is not good for health irrespective of the age.Why should there be legal age limit? Instead Government should take steps to ban consuming liquor.
im_Aswath

im_Aswath

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10 Feb 2012
Lets be practical , with population over billions there is no way alcohol is going to be completely eliminated from our country. Even if politicians bring in laws to eliminate it , there are going to be number of pirated stuffs coming inside country.

I would prefer 21 as legal age limit.
10 Feb 2012
im_Aswath
Lets be practical , with population over billions there is no way alcohol is going to be completely eliminated from our country. Even if politicians bring in laws to eliminate it , there are going to be number of pirated stuffs coming inside country.

I would prefer 21 as legal age limit.
Just shut down the big alcohol makers with a law! It's simple. Gujrat, Nagaland & Mizoram have officially banned liquor. It's however interesting to note how effective is the law enforcement. Can someone from Gujrat comment on it?
circularsquare

circularsquare

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10 Feb 2012
The_Big_K
Just shut down the big alcohol makers with a law! It's simple. Gujrat, Nagaland & Mizoram have officially banned liquor. It's however interesting to note how effective is the law enforcement. Can someone from Gujrat comment on it?
I am not from Gujarat but from hearsay I can tell that Gujarat has lots of contraband liquor shops. And 2-3 years ago there were deaths by spurious liquor. So banning leads to illegal shops which give you no guarantee of the liquor.
https://zeenews.india.com/news/states/toll-of-hooch-tragedy-in-gujarat-rises-to-16_545168.html

Straight ban won't solve the problem. People need to be educated about it.
In our grandparents' youth there was a minority of drinkers , now a days there is minority of non drinkers. That is the sad truth.
10 Feb 2012
That's true. I've stayed away from alcohol (100% abstinence) and that surprises my friends. The sad truth is that people can't be educated. Even the scholars smoke and drink even when they know it does no good.
im_Aswath

im_Aswath

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10 Feb 2012
The_Big_K
Just shut down the big alcohol makers with a law! It's simple. Gujrat, Nagaland & Mizoram have officially banned liquor. It's however interesting to note how effective is the law enforcement. Can someone from Gujrat comment on it?
Its not simple 😀 India has a well spread disease known as bribe . And we don't have a strong law .
circularsquare

circularsquare

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10 Feb 2012
The_Big_K
That's true. I've stayed away from alcohol (100% abstinence) and that surprises my friends. The sad truth is that people can't be educated. Even the scholars smoke and drink even when they know it does no good.
Same here. Although I admit to have consumed alcohol in the form of cough syrup - benadryll - on doctor's recommendation.😀
And sometimes I have had rumcake. But I don't think it counts as 'drinking'.

My personal opinion is majority of youngsters begin to drink because of peer pressure , nothing else. Afterwards it becomes addictive . You know many of my school friends used to say they won't take up drinking which indicates that left to themselves many people won't drink. Only few of them stayed true to their word.
durga ch

durga ch

Communications
10 Feb 2012
Praveen-Kumar
Yes, but how can people track that the ones less than 18 doesn't buy one? Too tough!
ask for ID proof.. not tough at all. No ID, no alcohol
durga ch

durga ch

Communications
10 Feb 2012
circularsquare
And from where will we get our excise duty will be the honest (but not admitted in public) reply of the Government.
exacltly- Karnataka GOV had made it compulsory for all dining places to sell alchohol, i dont rememebr the exact number of bottles to be sold, but a fine has been imposed if specific number of beer bottles have not been sold.
10 Feb 2012
durga
ask for ID proof.. not tough at all. No ID, no alcohol
Similar thingy happened long time before when people started browsing internet, only those with a valid government proofs were allowed! Now, anyone, even a child can come in and play farmville! 😛 So, do you think this would work out, and most of the 7@5M@C stuffs are illegally run by you-know-who! 😛

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