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Changing the booze culture: Time to take responsibility

COLLEEN WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 18/02/2013
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OFF PUTTING: Drunk, scantily-clad 18-year-olds are ruining bars for older people.

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Politician's lowered the drinking age to capture the 18-year-old vote and unleashed this mess. They must take responsibility for their ill-thought out actions and admit it was a mistake.

As adults, going to bars is not a pleasant experience, amid very drunk, out-of-control 18-year-olds, who have loaded up on cheaper supermarket booze then hit town drunk looking for action.

It's just awful and socialising for older adults in bars is now not an option. My husband, a retired businessman and his friends called in to a bar after a sporting event to have a drink together and were called "dirty old men" and "perverts" by sparsely-dressed 18-year-old female 'adults'.

They now see it as being in a potentially dangerous situation to be in, with drunk 18-year-olds. No class? No thanks. They were there to have a social drink, but the bar lost their custom when they left.

As well as raising the drinking age, we need to have a zero tolerance drink driving law for all. If you are under 20 years, you lose your licence for two or so years. If you break the law, you pay the penalty, no ifs, no buts, no restricted licences. No means no. Your decisions have consequences, it's called responsibility.

Coming back from overseas it's disgusting to see how low our drinking standards are. We have a serious problem and are too weak to say enough. How sad is that?


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