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Drinking at a young age - December 6th 2015, 06:55 PM

I only drink wine coolers which is a flavored beer. I dont drink occasionally. Only when im at my mons house because I would get into trouble if my grandma was to find out. I live with her and she would absolutely flip out. But my question is is this okay? I'm only 17.
   
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Re: Drinking at a young age - December 6th 2015, 07:14 PM

Let me start off by asking do you have an urge to drink? Or is it strictly for pleasure? If it was habitual I would think you'd probably be drinking something that's a little stiffer than wine coolers.
It's hard to condone underage drinking. It's important to remember if you're caught by police you will lose or be unable to get your drivers license until you're 21. You're mother could also be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
   
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Re: Drinking at a young age - December 6th 2015, 07:18 PM

I don't have an urge. Its just for pleasure
   
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Re: Drinking at a young age - December 6th 2015, 07:56 PM

Underage drinking is illegal for a reason. It causes a lot of problems, both physically and emotionally. Even though you're drinking for pleasure, it can take a toll on you and you might develop urges to drink when you're upset. I started out drinking wine coolers when I was younger, around 15, and then I ended up sneaking alcohol until I was around 19. I was bordering on the line of becoming an alcoholic. I got sober, and now that I'm 22, I drink and I have boundaries.

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Re: Drinking at a young age - December 6th 2015, 08:07 PM

[Edited] You can even legally drink like that is loads of countries.

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Re: Drinking at a young age - December 6th 2015, 10:18 PM

Hello Ashley,

Drink alcohol at a young age is harmful because you are still developing your organs, they are still growing. At the age of 17 and living in the United States, the legal age to drink is 21. There's many reasons as to why the age is this, some of the reasons could be:
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These are some that come to mind. I do understand your point of view for drinking. A lot of people can argue that a parent letting there child drink wine at the dinner table during Christmas is fine, other argue that it isn't okay. Drinking alcohol and a lot of it or more frequently can affect you and it is illegal at your age to drink.

The laws are in place to protect vulnerable people.

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[Edited] You can even legally drink like that is loads of countries.
Every Country has their own laws around the drinking age, we need to follow those laws in each Country. For instance, in Canada it is legal to drink at 19, however in Quebec the legal age to drink is 18. In the United States the legal age to drink alcohol is 21.

I hope this was helpful and if you have any questions please let us know.

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Re: Drinking at a young age - December 7th 2015, 03:48 AM

Well there is a risk of minor legal problems. In many states, its a misdemeanor to drink underage. But that said- as long as you are drinking at safe levels and not driving while drunk- I don't really see why it would be any more harmful than drinking at age 18 (the legal drinking age in most of the world (US is one of the few countries with such an absurdly high drinking age))- since 17 is so close to that.

There are reasons why the drinking age is 21 in the US- in that people at a younger age statistically have more issues with it- but that does not mean it is across the board true at all. Other countries seem to do fine with a drinking age of 18 or even younger. You are pretty close to being a legal adult so I'd say that there won't be any real difference in how it affects your body compared to someone older- but there could still be minor legal consequences if you are caught. Many states also use a lower blood alcohol cutoff for people underage when it comes to getting a DUI- so keep that in mind if you want to be absolutely safe-that if you are under the legal age , you shouldn't drive with any alcohol in your system at all.
   
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Re: Drinking at a young age - December 8th 2015, 05:58 PM

Well, it really depends on how regularly you drink. If it's only once in a while I don't think there is that much of a problem. If it becomes a habit (and drinking once a week every week is a habbit too) then it is a problem.

About the las stuff... well just keep in mind, that these laws are there for a reason. They just want to protect you. Sure some people can drink safely with 15 others shouldn't ever drink even if they are 30. It really depends on the person and noone can tell, if this is dangerous to you or not. Just yourself. So if you feel unsure, then don't drink.
Or, if you want to make sure it's ok, quit drinking. Because it shouldn't be a problem and if it is a problem, well then you have a problem....
Ok, I hope I#m making some sense right now and.... yeah ^^


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Re: Drinking at a young age - December 8th 2015, 07:58 PM

There is no good reason to drink underage. There just isn't. It's not worth getting in trouble over. Not only could you get into legal trouble, but so would your mom, for supplying alcohol to a minor. This would lead to social services getting involved and your mother would not only have to serve jail time, but be evaluated to see if she is a fit mother. Does this at all sound like it's worth drinking a few wine coolers over? There are plenty of ways to relax at the end of a long day that will not lead to legal trouble.




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Re: Drinking at a young age - December 9th 2015, 02:26 AM

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There is no good reason to drink underage. There just isn't. It's not worth getting in trouble over. Not only could you get into legal trouble, but so would your mom, for supplying alcohol to a minor. This would lead to social services getting involved and your mother would not only have to serve jail time, but be evaluated to see if she is a fit mother. Does this at all sound like it's worth drinking a few wine coolers over? There are plenty of ways to relax at the end of a long day that will not lead to legal trouble.

This. Depending on the state you are in they are really strict about this. My aunt was caught giving minors alcohol and I believe she had to do some time in jail and then she also had to do more time on probation. I don't think you want that to happen to your mom. It might seem like fun drinking and all that but it's better to wait until you are of age.


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Re: Drinking at a young age - December 12th 2015, 08:15 AM

You're still developing at that age. I think a few sips is okay (I use to drink with my parents on special occasion) but don't make it a habit. It does effect your health a lot more than teenagers seem to believe. Think of the long term effects ya know
   
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