Re: Drinking license proposed for 18 year olds.
Reminds me of the time we were on a family vacation in Provincetown, Cape Cod. Me, wife and three of my children. Went for a meal in a very nice restaurant. Waitress (who happened to be French) asked if we'd like drinks. So ordered wine and softdrinks for the females. I asked for a beer and asked my 17 year old son if he wanted one too. Waitress said this was an absolute no no unless he could prove he was 21. We started to laugh, thinking it was a bit of a joke, but she was adamant.
No problem , says I, I'll have two beers then. Thankyou.
Sorry, says waitress, can't be done, I'll get fired.
We gave in and he had a coke or something.
Well, talk about culture shock. The French waitress must have thought the US a very odd place indeed. Where she comes from children drink wine with the meal, supervised, from a very early age, pre-teen even. And here was a nice middle class family from England asking for a beer for the 17 year old son, to be drunk at the table, with a meal.
Not responsible enough to have a beer, but would you like to buy a gun, or drive a car? Join the army?
Some very odd laws you have, very much out of step with the rest of the western world, and in my view the worse for it.