Can't support 20 as an age restriction for alcohol

Can't support 20 as an age restriction for alcohol

I'm not comfortable with the idea that someone can consent to sex and drive a car at 16; vote, and join the police/military at 18 (for example) but not make an informed decision about alcohol use.

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  • Brit Bunkley
    commented 2017-07-04 11:47:48 +1200
    No OECD nation (outside the USA) has a drinking age that high. We might, perhaps look at other reasons why alcohol remains a large problem here (inequality, stress at work, a prudish culture that binges, etc.). Also see the national comparisons. almost now one has one over 18 years of age. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_drinking_age
  • Brit Bunkley
    commented 2017-07-04 11:45:40 +1200
    At the age of 20, NZ would be relegated as one of the most prudish nations in the world outside of the USA, Tonga and a handful of Muslim nations (where alcohol is permitted but frowned upon by the religion). No OECD nation has the drinking age that high. We might, perhaps look at other reasons why alcohol remains a large problem here (inequality, stress at work, a prudish culture that binges, etc.).
  • Garath Roberts
    published this page in How would you reform alcohol laws 2017-07-04 11:26:24 +1200