If we can vote at 18, why can't we drink?
Delhi government has ignored the Centre's recommendation to lower the drinking age to 18. In its draft excise legislation, it has lowered the age to 21 from 25. Why an 18 year old can drive a car and vote but not drink is a question to which we are yet to find an answer....
While pub owners are happy with this more ‘‘realistic’’ approach of the government, a section of Delhiites has expressed concern that this would lead to more cases of drunken driving.
As for 18-year-olds, they feel if they’re allowed to drive, vote, marry and start a family at this age (if they are girls), handling drinks should hardly be an issue. The decision shows the double standards of our law-makers. If an 18 year old can be trusted with the future of the country, why not otherwise??
The government-run liquor shops don’t ask for an identity card, even when they know that the person buying alcohol is underage, let alone the pubs. So what’s the point? Most of the teenagers try a drink much before they turn 18 and if one is legally allowed to do so, things would be simpler.
In most countries the drinking age is 18. In many, it's even less. The US has fixed it higher at 21 and that's caused huge controversy. The Delhi government’s proposal to lower the drinking age from 25 to 21 has failed to lift the spirits of teenagers, who were desperately waiting for the age limit to be reduced to 18.
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