Things your dumb friends post on facebook

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  1. Sir Humphrey Appleby

    Sir Humphrey Appleby Senior member

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    Apparently in the UK in the early 80s 16 year olds were allowed to drink in pubs as long as they stayed quietly in the corner, bartenders would know they were under age, the police would come in for spot checks and know they were under age, but as long as they didn't bother anyone else it was brushed under the carpet. Now under age drinking is forced underground with no responsible adults to keep an eye on them, they never learn to drink responsibly.
     


  2. lasbar

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    I was playing pool and drinking in cafe at the age of 16/17...

    Different times..
     


  3. Bruinsfan

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    The minimum here is 16+.

    I can clearly remember my dad taking me out for a beer on my Sixteenth birthday. Sure, I wish it was at a local pub with a pool table of darts, instead of on the local supermarket's parking lot, but hey... I never complained once.
     


  4. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    Where are you?

    Boston?

    I do find crazy that under 21 rule..
     


  5. Bruinsfan

    Bruinsfan Well-Known Member

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    Actually, I grew up in Europe. Sixteen and over is actually the drinking age in most European countries, just like with smoking.
     


  6. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    And in Boston?

    21?
     


  7. deadly7

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    There's a de facto rather than a de jure 21+ mandate. New Orleans, LA is the only city I know of that said "We're keeping our drinking age 18+". As a result, the federal government bitch slapped them and took away federal money intended for roads and infrastructure. So in technical terms, it's not required to be 21+, but in practice it almost always is because it's untenable for cities/states to reject that much money.
     


  8. wurlwyde

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    I dont' know if you've been here, but Americans are stupid.
     


  9. Texasmade

    Texasmade Senior member

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    We like to drink and drive.
     


  10. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Also we get to drive at 16 and in the parts of the country where everything is far apart, we don't have public transit or available taxi service so you basically have to drive places (remember we are also fat so bikes don't work).

    A lot of european countries have kids drinking a lot sooner (whether explicitly legal or just a tacit permission) than they are able to get a drivers license. And in those countries it is much harder to get the license and much easier to lose it than in america where it has basically been interpreted as a god-given right.
     


  11. dune

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    I've been to America a couple of times - teenagers are stupid everywhere. That's probably in the definition of teenagers or something. "Will do incredibly stupid stuff because they have no sense of preservation or long-term planning."

    But there's a difference between doing stupid stuff in an environment where people can help if things go wrong or throwing a party with all teenagers and no adults around (except for possible creeps)
     


  12. E TF

    E TF Senior member

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    It is still legal in the UK for 16/17 year olds to drink beer, wine or cider in a pub or restaurant as long as a) it accompanies a meal ii) they're accompanied by an adult and 3) it is bought for them by an adult.

    I was successfully buying beer in pubs aged 16/17. There were always some pubs which were somehow known to be lax on asking for ID, and even in the others if you went in just a couple of you, acted politely, dressed nicely, sat in the corner quietly, ordered real ale rather than alcopops, most places would serve you. That was the mid 90s.

    There's a photo of me aged maybe 2 or 3 sitting on a beach drinking from a can of strong lager, presumably taken by one of my parents, who presumably also gave me the can. Things were different then.
     


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  14. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I always figured you drank quite a bit in utero.
     


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    Chunky girl on my fb just posted a pic of her underwear:

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