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    Sorry if this has been posted before (I don't frequent this part of the boards...) but it's been said that the Scottish government is planning to raise the legal age to buy alcohol to 21.
    Do you think this is too high an age to buy alcohol? Or are you there thinking "about bloody time!"?
    Do you think it will cause a dip in the job market? A lot of people who work in pubs and off licences are students under 21. (That'd be bad news for me... oh man.) Because there aren't a lot of other jobs that students can do part time.
    Do you think this will also cause potential students to apply to English universities too, despite scottish citizens having their fees paid if they choose to study north of the border?

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    It's 16 for alcoholic drinks with lower than 21% alcohol and 18 for higher than 21% here. I doubt it'll make a difference, if a teenager wants to drink, they will find a way to drink. I have no idea about the political situation in the UK so it's not my place to talk but we've had very few alcohol/drug related problems here over the years. I hope it's the same with ppl there!
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    Well I'm not from scotland but I think if that was to be done in England it would cause a fair few problems and we'd get far more underage drinkers and accidents because of that. I don't particularly agree with all the heavy drinking that goes on but I don't think raising the age limit will stop it, in fact it will make our country look even more irresponsible due to more underage drinkers.
    The 21 thing is an american concept as far as I'm concerned and it doesn't work, colleges are full of drunken idiots as much as this country.
    As for the job problem, I'm not sure they could then say you can't serve alcohol untill you are 21 because the high amount of people who are 18/19/20 working in bars, like you said, it's the easiest job for a student, plus there's the little problem of those that will already have jobs in bars, will they have to be fired? I don't think that would be fair or right. Plus a lot of places won't want to do it as the majority of their staff are in that age range. A lot of wetherspoons like to employ people at those ages because they have that whole graduate scheme stuff and the fresh out of school jobs.
    Tbh I don't think it'll really influence people's uni decisions, I'd rather be fully scottish and get my tuitions paid than choose a uni in a country where i can legally drink and waste more money. Plus people can get access to alcohol at any age so it won't make a difference to consumption.

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    The 21 drinking age is actually an English thing, it was 21 way back in the day to smoke / drink / vote / consent, everything really. It's all slowly dropped over the years but i still find it utterly hilarious that you can have sex and be respoinsible for the upbringing of a child at 16 years old, or hell you can even join the army and go put bullets in foreigners at 16, but you're not allowed to vote on the government that runs the country til you're 18. There needs to be a single age across the board for everything.

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    Definitely agree with Darren on this, can't really add much more to that. Having said that though, even a set age for everything wouldn't stop it happening underage. Personally i'm just glad I don't live in Scotland, 21 seems way too high for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpack_1 View Post
    The 21 drinking age is actually an English thing, it was 21 way back in the day to smoke / drink / vote / consent, everything really. It's all slowly dropped over the years but i still find it utterly hilarious that you can have sex and be respoinsible for the upbringing of a child at 16 years old, or hell you can even join the army and go put bullets in foreigners at 16, but you're not allowed to vote on the government that runs the country til you're 18. There needs to be a single age across the board for everything.
    +1 it's bloody ridiculous. Also it makes me laugh how you can have sex bring up a child etc at 16 but have to wait to buy even the softest of porn at 18 LOL! I think 21 for booze is daft, at 17 years old I had my own flat, a full time office job, paid all my own bills etc so to be told I'd have to wait 5 years to even be able to go to my local for a pint or buy a bottle of wine for a night in would have seemed ridiculous to me! Plus a lot of my friends would have been out of work. And as has been said, people will find a way to buy it anyway.
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    Agreed to all of the above. You're too young unless they can get money out of you... A unified age would be good, and a form of ID that you don't actually have to pay for that is accepted would be nice, as for health reasons I'm not in a position to learn to drive, but get challenged on my age at every possible opportunity (ok, so I look like a teenager...) but I don't see why I should pay for a new provisional when this one expires, I'm not prepared to carry my passport when drinking, and got told that they're not allowed to accept out of date ID as it's easy to pass round... Not like I actually want or are able to get trolleyed, but three years after turning legal it's all getting a bit silly now...

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    Lower it, I need more drinking buddys

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    I live in the US and it's 21 here; it's pretty ridiculous. I barely drink but when I do I'm as responsible as can be, and I can't believe that if I feel like drinking a beer I can't go out and buy it.

    I guess part of it might be that if the legal age was 18, a lot of the older high school kids would buy it for the younger ones and it would be a lot easier for younger kids to get alcohol. But still, underage kids will find a way to drink no matter what.
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    There's been a rumour going round the whole of the UK that the drinking age will rise to 21 for ages now. If you Google it there are loads of articles from 2006-2009 about it. I think I heard/read the SNP are interested in this though, and they now have a majority in Scotland, right? Ergh, that'd suck if they did that. They're already putting that minimum alcohol pricing thing into place too, right? I doubt raising the drinking age would do much in terms of underage binge drinking etc. If I could easily get hold of alcohol whenever I wanted it at 13 (you'd be surprised at how many complete strangers bought it for us...) then I'm sure people wouldn't have a problem now.

    I am 21 now so it wouldn't affect me anyway, but I still think it's ridiculous. And most of the clubs I go to are full of 18-20 year olds - it'd suck if they went out of business.
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