Youth Speak Out Against Underage Drinking

High School students from Carteret, Craven, Jones, and Onslow counties presented a special presentation at the monthly meeting of the Women's Caucus at the NC General Assembly.

The students are part of the Substance Abuse Prevention Helps Everyone youth team. The team's mission is to help change attitudes regarding underage drinking.

They talked to the Caucus on reasons that the beer excise tax should be increased to prevent underage drinking.

Members of the Caucus applauded the women's efforts.

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  • by Scott on Jun 28, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    Why my post was removed I don't know. If they can't comprehend the risks associated with drinking how on earth would they be able to comprehend the risks associated with being in the military? All I'm saying is if you can legally pledge your life to your country, which could get you maimed or killed, you should be able to decide if you want to drink alcohol. I'm not knocking the military at all, I'm using it as an example of decisions 18 year olds are allowed to make as adults yet they are too "irresponsible" to drinks alcohol because 18 year olds aren't capable of making rational decisions.
  • by another voter Location: ENC on Jun 28, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    Well stated argument Christine. But, perhaps we can also infantilize todays youth to age 35 too, extending your argument to its natural reasoned end. And also, the brain stops "developing" in the sense that your using the term "developing" at about age 25 or 26. Should we then extend high school to age 26? Seems to me that todays over-bearing helicopter parents are already doing this anyways. I work with 30 year olds that are maturationally 20. Self-absorbed, narcissistic, materialistic, lazy, etc. More and more it seems that some never grow up, to wit: maxed out credit cards, home forclosures, etc.
  • by Scott on Jun 28, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    By the argument "the brain has not yet completed its development. UNDERSTANDING THE CONSEQUENCES OF ONE'S ACTIONS IS NOT YET POSSIBLE." So when they are in the middle of a warzone they will understand the consequences of their actions. That argument makes no sense at all. If they can't understand how to drink responsibly, how can they fathom the risks involved in military service? I'm not knocking the military at all, I'm just using it as a point of how old do you have to be to make life altering decisions? What is 18 really. You can buy stuff on credit, smoke, buy pornographic material, get into some clubs, YET you are not able to drink alcohol.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 28, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    Christine, not neccesarily the thing to do! I started my college days at 17 years old and ended up getting my combined BSA/MSA finished up in 5 years, and was only 22 when I finished up my ECU days. If one can go on to college, they should not have to be stuck in high school until 21. As far as drinking age, they need to make it not 21, not even 18, but 16 years old.
  • by To Christine on Jun 28, 2010 at 06:53 AM
    If we use your arguement, then we should protect the kids from making their own choice about their future. If their brain "has not yet completed its development." Then how could they possibly be able to make a life decision of that magnatude?
  • by Christine Location: Carteret County on Jun 28, 2010 at 05:16 AM
    I used to agree with the military argument, but not any more. At the age of 18, upon high school graduation, every young adult must make a choice about his or her future: college, job, military service. At the same point in time the brain has not yet completed its development. Understanding the full conequences of one's actions is not yet possible. For this reason, 18-21 years old must be protected, by law, from themselves and the choices they might potentially make. If you want to make the military argument, then you may as well argue that high school shouldn't be over until age 21. Crazy, right??
  • by Funny Story on Jun 27, 2010 at 07:49 PM
    In 1982, I was 19 years to drink beer but not liquor in North Carolina. I went to Florida on a vacation where I was served mixed drinks with my meal at a restaurant (legal age was 19 in Florida). 6 months later, the age limit was raised to 21 for all alcoholic beverages in N.C., which made it illegal for me to drink for the next 10 months. Crazy laws, huh?
  • by Scott on Jun 27, 2010 at 06:23 PM
    The drinking age should be 18. If you are "mature" enough to sign up for the military and potentially be put in harms way; maimed or killed. You should be able to decide if you want to drink or not. Or they should raise the military sign up age to 21. It needs to be one way or the other.

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