Students old enough to know how to drink

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Health Unit’s drinking age proposal draws controversy”
Apr. 1, 2008

To the editor:
We’re mature enough to vote in local, provincial and federal politics at 18. We’re mature enough to marry or to die for our country’s ideology at 18.

Yet by implication, Ward 9 councillor Susan Eagle claims we aren’t mature enough to drink responsibly at 18 " or 19, for that matter, given her support for raising the drinking age to 21.

Does she seriously think raising the drinking age will do anything but harm bars and drive revenues to the LCBO stores as suddenly-underage drinkers send older friends on beer runs like they’ve done for decades?

All it does is postpone the date at which a person can prove the maturity we’ve otherwise assumed they possess.
"Jason Aylen
English IV

To the editor:
I was surprised to read in The Gazette today that 1,595 youth aged 15-24 died from drinking and driving in 2001.

Wait, only 45 per cent of those deaths were from car accidents, so 718 youth must have died from drinking and driving.

What’s that? Only 40 per cent of the accidents were alcohol related? Okay, so really 287 youth aged 15-24 died from drinking and driving.

That still seems like a big number, except these statistics are about fatalities among 15-24 year olds, not fatalities caused by 15-24 year old drivers.

I would ask if Mary Lou Albanese wants to restrict the sale of alcohol to 19 and 20-year-olds that she present evidence related to their actions rather than misleading statistics.
"Matt Lafreniere
Computer Science IV

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