16: can i buy some beer
Germany: sure, as much as you need
16: can i drink it in the middle of the street without hiding?
Germany: it's only 2 pm but why not?
@Korun, *waits for @apetnamedSteve to reply*
@Korun, it's called freedom
@Pryz, and it's great
@Korun, me: can I fight for my honor?
Scotland: I mean you don't need to now but y-
@Korun, but alcohol can severely fvck up a developing brain. That's why the US makes us wait until 21
@Nudity Industries, only beer and whine is 16 and above. Stronger alcohol is from 18
Also they can just ask someone to buy it. With this was they dont have to break laws
@Nudity Industries, half the mess they put kids on are objectively worse for you
Look at most European countries if they even have a legal limit ( most Nordic countries don't or don't even care ) if they do it's usually a max of 16
Drinking isn't a big thing there
They don't have rampant abuse or even drunk driving
It's brought up in home and responsibly
All raising the legal age limit has done in the us is minorly impact drunk driving to the point where it could literally be attributable to something else being the case
Increase alcohol related injuries
And increase the ooo shiny effect of it
Hell slightly off topic but not really
Weed has been proven to be less harmful than alcohol
Alcohol is a lot less harmful than half the anti-depressant they put kids on
Let alone the crap for ADD and ADHD, anxiety, etc
@Korun, 12: can I have a beer
Most Nordic countries: well you have the money and balls to ask and since its no biggie and brought up responsibly in home here you go!
12: thanks! *drinks responsibly*
@merimar3, ok then.
@CynicalSir, she's from Germany. Mentioned it a few days ago in a comment thread.
@carguy25, more people are against weed that alcohol, be careful with that comparison lol.
@Korun, Deutschland, fück yeah!
@Pryz, I feel like it's less freedom and more "It sucks here, so let's just get drunk."
Though I think this is more true for places like Poland and Russia than Germany.
The alcohol is for later, to take away the pain of paying it
18: can i buy some vodka?
Russia: sure, no tax just buy
18: can i buy something non alcoholic?
18: Can i buy a gun?
USA: sure why not
18: what about some ecstasy?
USA: NO!! This is absoulutly dangerous!!
18: can I buy booze
18: can I go to uni and not be in crippling debt?
U.K.: *laughs maniacally* sure if you live in a box and subsist on dirt or you were born with a platinum spoon in your mouth
This isn't funny, just tragic reality. Thanks for destroying the site, man.
@superjulimaximo, it's funny because it's stupid
Only 40k! Lucky asshole.
And im just here, happy that everyone can buy beer and whine in my country as much as they want if they are 16 or older
I bought my first house a year ago. Spent 10 grand on the kitchen fixing it up. Put in on a credit card, sure I would pay it off over the next year. A year later. I'm 14 grand in debt. I rock at life
That's alright. Cause today I turn 19!
Damn kids these days are obsessed with whining about paying for something that is optional
@Sluggernot, having a degree these days is needed. Employees look for education and experience. Getting tough out there.
@hasher2288, Yeah you practically need a bachelor's degree plus 5 years xp in any field that doesn't involve burger flipping. These days entry level jobs start with an associates degree.
@hasher2288, why whine about it then? Just pay it off over time and stop talking about it. Ffs
@Sluggernot, I was stating it not whining about it. Learn to read idiot. At no point in my statement I "whined" about it. You should go get a degree.
@FurriesRuinEvrything, bull you don't know anything about the American job market.
@hasher2288, I didn't say you were whining, idiot. The main post is whining.
@Sluggernot, I know too much about the American job market. Luckily, it doesn't matter where your degree is from. Junior colleges are relatively affordable, and there's financial aid from the government too.
Yes, it's possible to land a job without a degree, but it helps to be certified in whatever area you're going for, and no employer will hire anybody without either a degree or professional experience. So good luck there.
@FurriesRuinEvrything, Mike Rowe would disagree with every bit of this. I personally did 4 years in the military and was paid to attend college by the GI Bill. This is an option for everyone with a Disability, so like 99% of the population. But Rowe will tell you you can make 50k plus a year working on oil rigs or a trade like plumbing or hvac work.
@Sluggernot, without* a Disability. My bad
@FurriesRuinEvrything, not really
There's a huge work absence in tech fields and especially trade jobs which on average only really need a 2 year tech schooling to get into and pay really well as long as you're not stupid
@Sluggernot, paying about something that was free in the past
@hasher2288, There are plenty of blue collar jobs that don't require any degrees and pay just as well, if not more.
Can I buy weed?
22 states in the US: no sorry that's illegal because the a holes from the DEA and Big Pharma need to keep making money.
So at 18 I can go fight in the army and die.. but I can't go drink a beer responsibly?
I think that's a bit backwards
One thing we can learn from Europe and especially the Nordic countries
ALL RAISING THE AGE LIMIT DOES IS INCREASE ABUSE AND THE OOO SHINY EFFECT OF IT! FFS!! I CAN GO INTO HOURS ON THIS AND HAVE WROTE EVTIRE ESSAYS ON IT! THE FVCKING MEDS WE PUT OUR KIDS ON ARE WORSE FOR US THAN A FVCKING SHOT OF WHATEVER OR A BEER FROM TIME TO TIME! GAH!! SO FVCKING STUPID AND AGRIVATING!!
FFS! Most European contact don't even have a legal age Limit! And if they do is usually around 12-16 and ONLY for in public! They don't have rampant alcohol abuse OR high rates of drunk driving either! BECAUSE ITS NOT A BIG DEAL AND ITS BROUGHT UP RESPONSIBLY IN HOME!!
GOD DAM SOMETIMES I HATE THE WORLD AND BACK ASSWARDS HUMANITY BS! "Oh think of the children" no think with FVCKING LOGIC!
And since I literally live a few hours away from Canada
I could literally go there for a weekend
Get piss drunk
Stay in a hotel
Then go home
Perfectly legal at 18
@carguy25, maybe if the kids weren't fvcking stupid
@carguy25, not arguing the choice part but one of the main reasons there is an age limit isn't responsibility, but medical. The liver isn't fully devolved to process alcohol until your about 22, 23. Drinking younger increases the risk of alcohol poisoning and gets the person drunk faster. This also covers people who think they drank enough to hold their liquor better, that didn't happen, what happened is their liver got older. You can only hurt your liver with alcohol, not strengthen it.
@Dephenistrator, that may have originally been the reason, however, since then, the legal age has fluctuated and the reason it has been locked at 21 is because of responsibility. At some point (I think before the prohibition but I can't remember for sure) a law was passed that allowed each state to choose their own legal ages. So this obviously resulted in some states allowing it earlier than others. This caused teens in states with higher age limits to drive to states with lower age limits and then drive back drunk resulting in "blood borders" where they had many accidents. Statistically, there weren't more teens drunk driving than adults, but since they had to drive over state borders, they usually had LONGER drives than the adults who could just drive around the corner to the bar which is why the teens got into so many more drunk wrecks during that period. This caused certain organizations to petition for a locked age limit nationally which, of course, because the only statistic....
@Gay Ninja, didn't realize I typed that much.... since the only statistic they were looking at was the number of teens who had gotten in drunk wrecks and not the number of drunk drivers overall (which is a hard statistic to nail down since drunk drivers who don't get pulled over or into wrecks obviously can't be recorded) they decided to make the national age limit higher rather than older. However, as carguy25 said, this only raises the rebellious factor in teens and young adults causing them to overindulge more which results in more cases of alcohol poisoning and the like. Lower legal ages nationally plus proper education leads to much fewer drunken wrecks and alcohol poisoning especially in younger people
I dont know. Im a year and half from graduating with a degree in business management and only $200 in debt. Just got to work your ass off in school and in your job I guess.
*laughs in canadian*
16: can I buy some cigarettes
UK: no you must be 18
16: can I smoke them
UK: Yeah sure!!