Lowering legal limits better?

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Registered: 01-17-2013
Lowering legal limits better?
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Tue, 07-23-2013 - 11:13am

My coworkers and I were discussing whether or not lowering the legal limits for alcohol and driving were a good thing or a waste of time. Do you think having the limit lowered will help with drunk driving or do you think that people who generally drink and drive don't care what the legal limit is?

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Registered: 10-08-2002
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 12:22pm

That has already been tried.  All we got was a bunch of drunk 18 year olds with more under the age of 18 drunk with them.  The 18 year olds were buying and supplying the high school drinkers with booze.  It lasted a few years and then it was gradually increased to 21 again.  I was 21 the day it went into effect.  Then, when they saw it caused a bigger problem than it solved, it was raised back to 21 a year at a time so the ones that could drink legally at 18 would not lose their drinking priviledges, anyone turning 18 after that could not drink. In three years it was back to 21 all around.  So, no, I dont think it would solve anything and it would create a whole new set of problems.  18 year olds would binge drink and sometimes die of alcohol poisoning or by doing something stupid while drunk,causing bigger pain and heartache for family and friends.  Sometimes, they would take younger children with them, because, most 18 year olds are really still big kids.  They proved it when they were given the right to drink responsibly and didnt.  

Alcohol, Addictions & Recovery. It's a long way down, but only 12 steps UP
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Registered: 08-01-2013
Thu, 08-01-2013 - 9:15am

Many years ago, being from Pennsylvania and about 18, I would go to New York city with friends to drink legally.  It was kind of a first stop on my road to alcoholism that lasted 17 more years.  In my opinion 21 years of age is a reasonable age limit. One can legitimatley argue that 18year olds are giving their lives protecting us as soldiers, sailors and airmen and deserve to be allowed to drink alcohol and I held that opinion for a long time.  Now, thoug,h I have done an about face.  I pray and wish everyone a successful recovery in your effort to stay well.  Thank you for listening.

In friendship,

Paul

 

 

 

 

 

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Registered: 10-08-2002
Thu, 08-01-2013 - 12:06pm

Umm.....Paul?  Dont we know each other????  45 years young or 45 years sober??  

Alcohol, Addictions & Recovery. It's a long way down, but only 12 steps UP
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Registered: 08-01-2013
Sat, 08-03-2013 - 4:06pm

Indeed, Brenda we know each other and love one another as two recovering friends.  I changed have changed my user name. I'll be around as much as I can, I hang out sometimes at the corner of Main St,. and Recovery Turn at ivillage.  See you often, Brenda.  We haven't made a decision about going to Florida next March, yet.  But as you suggest, dear Brenda we have sometime to think about it. 

In Friendship,

Paul                                                                                                                                                               

 

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Registered: 08-22-2013
Wed, 09-04-2013 - 12:00pm

Definitely must not lower levels of alchol! Look around at the number of crimes committed and accidents that take place under influence of alchohol in the 16-20 age bracket! Lowering the level down even further would make it unfit and unsafe to live!

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Registered: 08-22-2013
Mon, 09-09-2013 - 1:39am
Definitely must not lower levels of alcohol! Look around at the number of crimes committed and accidents that take place under influence of alcohol in the 16-20 age bracket! Lowering the level down even further would make it unfit and unsafe for the driver as well as the people walking on the streets. I feel a parent should give her son/daughter a car when they feel he/she is mature enough. No one else could be a better judge