New Ill. Bill Would Lower Drinking Age with Parents’ Permission

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow those between the ages of 18 and 21 be served alcohol – with their parents’ permission.

Those parents would also have to be present at the time their children were being served.

Here’s what some patrons at a Metro-East tavern had to say about the idea:

“If it’s a family Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day celebration, you’re having dinner, I don’t think it’s inappropriate for them to take a glass of champagne and have a New Year’s Day toast,” said one patron.

“I guess it would be OK; I’m not big on making the drinking age younger because of all the baggage that goes with it, but I guess it would be OK,” said Mark Onstott, owner of Tavern on Main in Belleville.

Others wondered if it’s a good idea to encourage teens to drink alcohol.

Under the bill, hard liquor would still be prohibited for those under 21.

Ten states, including Illinois’ northern neighbor Wisconsin, already have a similar bill in place.

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  1. It’s not just Europe. We’re one of the few countries that doesn’t let 18 year olds drink. And in most of those other countries it is either a state law (not a federal one) (such as India or Canada), or it is mostly unenforced or is simply a misdemeanor instead of a felony (Iceland and Thailand), or it only applies to hard liquor but not beer and wine (Norway, Sweden, and Finland), or it only covers buying and selling alcohol, but not consuming it (Indonesia), or it is the same age as the age of majority in that country (meaning the age that people are able to join the military) (such as Japan). There are also many Muslim countries in the Middle East that ban alcohol altogether, but nobody considers them to be free countries to begin with.
    It would be one thing if we made people sign up for selective service or jury duty when they turned 21, and didn’t treat them like adults in every other way at 18, but instead the government chooses to treat 18 year olds like adults when it’s convenient for them to do so, and then treat them like children when that’s more convenient. Either 18 year olds are adults or they’re still kids, but they can’t be both. If they’re going to treat 18 year olds like adults, then they need to stop treating them like kids. They can’t have it both ways. If the drinking age is 21, then the age of enlistment should also be 21.
    Also, for those of you saying it is unsafe to let kids drink at that age, almost every other country allows it and they do just fine. Also, all that is irrelevant if we’re still allowing people to join the military at 18 (going to war is much more dangerous than drinking). If you want to send 18 or 19 year olds to die, you don’t get to say they aren’t old enough to drink. If they aren’t old enough to drink then they aren’t old enough to fight.

  2. We’re one of the few countries that doesn’t let 18 year olds drink. And in most of those other countries it is either a state law (not a federal one) (such as India or Canada), or it is mostly unenforced or is simply a misdemeanor instead of a felony (Iceland and Thailand), or it only applies to hard liquor but not beer and wine (Norway, Sweden, and Finland), or it only covers buying and selling alcohol, but not consuming it (Indonesia), or it is the same age as the age of majority in that country (meaning the age that people are able to join the military) (such as Japan). There are also many Muslim countries in the Middle East that ban alcohol altogether, but nobody considers them to be free countries to begin with.
    It would be one thing if we made people sign up for selective service or jury duty when they turned 21, and didn’t treat them like adults in every other way at 18, but instead the government chooses to treat 18 year olds like adults when it’s convenient for them to do so, and then treat them like children when that’s more convenient. Either 18 year olds are adults or they’re still kids, but they can’t be both. If they’re going to treat 18 year olds like adults, then they need to stop treating them like kids. They can’t have it both ways. If the drinking age is 21, then the age of enlistment should also be 21.
    Also, for those of you saying it is unsafe to let kids drink at that age, almost every other country allows it and they do just fine. Also, all that is irrelevant if we’re still allowing people to join the military at 18 (going to war is much more dangerous than drinking). If you want to send 18 or 19 year olds to die, you don’t get to say they aren’t old enough to drink. If they aren’t old enough to drink then they aren’t old enough to fight.

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