May 1st, 2010

rose

Writer's Block: Young and driven

What is the legal drinking age where you live? Do you think it should be higher, lower, or remain the same, and why?

Technically I don't think NZ has one. We cannot purchase alcohol till 18 but you can drink it as long as it was purchased by a parent or guardian. They lowered it from 20 to 18 in 1999 and it is up for debate to be raised again. I think we should have a split age. So that 18 year olds can still go to the pub but make it so that you cannot go to the liquor store (or supermarket) and buy alcohol until you are 20. Although that won't completely solve the issue as New Zealand has a pretty entrenched binge drinking culture, and I can't see that going away any time soon.