In the United States, the general drinking age is 21 years. In Germany, you can legally drink beer when you hit age 16. I’m 19, from Germany, living in Kentucky. Problem? I know everything about beer, but I can’t drink any at the German Hofbräuhaus across the street.
I went to the Irish Pub with my friend a few days ago. He’s 24. He invited some of his friends to come along. They’re also 24. One guy was 23, but hey, still older than 21. I was there too. The waitress came over to our table and asked us if we wanted to drink anything? All of the guys ordered beer. It was so ironically fitting that I was the last one to order my drink. I looked at the waitress with my best poker face and said, “… a pint of water, please.” Only then did my friends realise that I was merely 19, and thus unable to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with them. “Oh sorry dude, I totally forgot. Just come back when you’re 21, and we’ll rock this place, alright?” -.-
My dad introduced me to the world of alcohol when I was 15 years old. I’m glad he did that, because I probably would’ve been stupid enough to assume that I can down six drinks and feel alright. My dad and I grabbed a bottle of Yeni Raki, took the car, drove up to the fireplace in the forest, and brought out the shot glasses. I’ve had a beer before, and I’ve also had a shot of Kirschwasser, as well as some glasses of wine for those exquisite dining events with my parents, but I’ve never had more than one drink. The purpose of driving up to the fire place was so that I could test the limit of my alcohol tolerance with my dad. I’m glad I drank those shots with him, because he was my witness of how far I could go. I know now that if I drink more than three drinks, I’d probably get tipsy. I don’t want that, because I like to be in control of my body.
I drank about three shots with my dad, each in ten minute intervals, you know, to let the alcohol soak in my blood. After three shots, I knew that if I drank another shot, I would’ve started to portray sottish behaviour. And that’s a little embarrassing with your own dad, because you might say something that you’d regret.
There are some Christians out there who believe that the consumption of alcohol leads to bad actions. But why? Jesus turned freaking water into wine, didn’t he? It’s a mindset that people have adopted over the years, because stupid people make stupid mistakes. In other words, because so many people don’t know how to handle alcohol, they get drunk. Being drunk is bad, but because there are so many drunks out there, the image of alcohol is skewed. People seem to have lost a sense of self-control. Of course, the alcohol-fearing Christians are the first to notice that, but instead of showing people how to drink properly, they say, “see? Alcohol is bad! They even passed a law a few years ago that stated that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is illegal.”
I think it would be a cool idea if schools taught kids how to drink. I mean, why not? Everybody drinks eventually, and only a very few percentage of people actually know how to drink properly. Or at least, have an accountability partner. Text a friend after every drink. After four drinks, your sober friend would notice that you might be crossing the line. It’ll keep you in check of your alcohol consumption.
Alcohol is fine as long as you are able to enjoy it in a manner that doesn’t lead to bad consequences. And it’s not about “having a good time,” like many young people answer when I ask them why they get drunk. I have never been drunk before, yet I’ve had fantastic “good time” parties. I also have the ability to remember every party I’ve been to instead of waking up and not remembering anything at all. I wake up with a lucid mind every Monday morning, and it will stay that way because I know how to consume alcohol without it leading to stupid consequences.
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