I'm really not sure how raising the drinking age by two years does anything but create more "crime".
The Middlesex-London health board is calling for Ontario's legal drinking age to be raised to 21 from 19, part of a series of measures to combat alcohol-related deaths and injuries.You know, sometimes people die because of their liberty. But liberty is something so valuable that people are willing to die for it. We could prevent a lot of deaths if we banned everyone from driving too.
Alcohol is a factor in 6,000 deaths a year in Canada, including injuries from falls, drunk driving collisions, assaults and drownings, the board was told in a report by Medical Officer of Health Graham Pollett.Why don't we ban alcohol all together? Are all those 6,000 deaths 19-20 years old? Hell, booze kills more people than handguns and they're looking to ban them entirely.
I had forgot about Graham Pollet. I was happy without his opinions in my head. So when I read about control freaks recommending we remove the right of legal adults to choose whether or not to drink, I wasn't surprised to see his name attached. I was - perhaps naively - surprised to see Susan Eagle's name come up. But I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a politician and minister would have some sense of moral superiority to subjugate us to.
Board chair Susan Eagle said she felt strongly in favour or raising the age after losing two grandparents in crashes involving teenage drivers who had been drinking.Sorry about your loss, but that sounds like some pretty bad luck to lose grandparents in two different crashes under any circumstances. Were these teenagers even 19? Perhaps they were drinking illegally?
"Nineteen now seems to be the night that you can go out and get yourself absolutely drunk," Eagle said.Yes Ms. Eagle, people go out and get absolutely drunk - even before turning 19 and for many years to follow. Gee, it sounds like you want to take issue anyone's liberty to do so because you don't like the idea of people being "absolutely drunk". Will you raise the age again when you discover 21 year olds do the same damn thing?
Or how 'bout this: You remove the drinking age all together, teach kids from an early age to drink responsibly, and that way no one learns to anticipate the ritualistic removing of that taboo at the 19th birthday party. Start 'em young enough, and maybe by the time they learn to drive they'll know enough about alcohol to know the two shouldn't mix. And to tell you the truth, I don't know of too many people who waited until 19. So maybe we should just criminalize alcohol - I mean, face it - more people harm themselves on alcohol than on pot and pot is criminal. We can all see how effective prohibition is.
I hate reading about these jackbooted moralists - Get out of my head, damn it!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Posted by basil on Friday, March 28, 2008