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(SFGate)   Underage drinkers spend $1billion on booze annually   ( divider line
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3724 clicks; posted to Main » on 13 Feb 2003 at 11:19 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-02-14 12:13:06 AM  
Hey you know what, lets tax them on all that booze, its doing wonders with cigartettes.
2003-02-14 12:13:21 AM  
The squirts don't make enough cabbage working the fry machine at McDonalds to afford the expensive stuff like Bud Light.

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"Budweiser?! F*ck that sh*t! PABST BLUE RIBBON!"
2003-02-14 12:14:54 AM  
They raided a campus bar here this week and rounded up over 50 people with phony IDs. The story in our campus newspaper was awesome. First, a couple of real quotes: "They put this bar right on campus, and they don't expect underage kids to go? Come on." Also: "Whatever. I just went to a party right after they wrote me a ticket." Then there was the girl who said she wasn't going to go to her court date because she was supposed to still be in Mexico or wherever on spring break. She chilled out when the cops said, ok, we'll just issue a warrant for your arrest when you get back.

The 21 drinking age is a farce, but I have no sympathies for idiots that bring attention to themselves and then get caught.
2003-02-14 12:16:06 AM  
Thank you RevJimJones. Blue Velvet rules.

"Don't toast to my health! Toast to my f*ck!"
2003-02-14 12:17:13 AM  
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2003-02-14 12:18:44 AM  
Studying abroad in Mexico right now. Life kicks ass.

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2003-02-14 12:20:13 AM  
"You're not drunk! You're just stupid!"
2003-02-14 12:21:55 AM  
give me my $8 fifth of popov and it'll be a goodnight. heres to underage drinking!!
2003-02-14 12:24:57 AM  
We used to leave a case out back at the grocery store and pick it up after work.
2003-02-14 12:25:20 AM  
I recently got a pamphlet from a local liquor store. My roommmate and I were standing just past the cash register area, waiting for our 20-year old friend to finish purchasing our liquor since we are underage. I noticed the pamphlet and immediately picked it up for display on our dorm room door. The title? "LCBO - Keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors."
2003-02-14 12:25:46 AM  
2003-02-14 12:29:20 AM  
There are a lot of problems with this article. As a few have mentioned, there's no real way for them to know how much of the money comes from underage drinkers. However, lets assume they could know. Why fine the beer manufacturers? How about the liquer stores who SOLD IT TO THE MINORS!? Oh wait, that would be a lot harder to do, and I seem to have forgotten that the government only wants to help when it's easy and popular.
That being said, a lot of people say it's fine to drink if your 18 because you can be drafted. That's a good point except that if you're in the military you can drink on base at 18. I think a better arguement is that you're old enough to vote. I mean for crying out loud the government trusts you to decide who the farking president is but not to have a beer? That's messed up.
2003-02-14 12:30:34 AM  
damn farkin calc test. if it wasn't for that damn 8am class tomorrow, i'd have contributed $5 to that amount about 2 hours ago
2003-02-14 12:32:11 AM  
02-14-03 12:18:44 AM Mutated-Snoopy
Studying abroad in Mexico right now. Life kicks ass.

Umm, Snoop? You aren't studying geography are ya? Mexico is not "abroad" unless you come from a different continent.
2003-02-14 12:38:45 AM  
02-14-03 12:30:34 AM Picodenico
damn farkin calc test. if it wasn't for that damn 8am class tomorrow, i'd have contributed $5 to that amount about 2 hours ago

A) Wuss, what are you, some kind of lightweight wuss? $5 = a double shot of jack in Philly. We call that an appetizer.

B) You are in college or high school. I am not. Life on the outside sucks. You will never, ever have this time back again, despite what the movies tell you. Stop being such a wuss, wuss.

C)Now get out there and CHUG!!!! GO FOR IT DUDE!!!! Chug one tonight for SockMonkeyHolocaust who is too much of a wuss to get wasted before work!!!
2003-02-14 12:40:03 AM  
To figure out how much is spent, there should be a formula. It would look something like this:
(X*Y) + (A*B) = money spent
X = # of college students under 21
Y = expendable money average student has for weekend
A = # of high school parties
B = average cases of beer per party

doesn't look too complicated to me.
2003-02-14 12:40:12 AM  
Don't take it personal, I am just trying to save young kids like yourself from making the same mistakes I made...
2003-02-14 12:43:59 AM  

I agree with you fully. Calc test are no excuses. No test is an excuse. Especially on a Thursday night. Have to get your pre-party in then--otherwise the whole weekend is torn to bits.
2003-02-14 12:44:57 AM  

Engineering. Perhaps you would like to argue with my friend Mr. MerriamWebster?

Main Entry: abroad
Pronunciation: &-'brod
Function: adverb or adjective
Date: 13th century
1 : over a wide area : WIDELY
2 : away from one's home
3 : beyond the boundaries of one's country
2003-02-14 12:47:12 AM  
8$ for a fifth of popov? It's like 6$ here I think or less...Go with the stroika, it's like 5$ a fifth, taste like rotten ass though;)
5$ during happy hour can gety ou a few shots, know of one lame bar here that had 1$ shots for 2 hours, then we head on over to the strip club at 5pm for happy hour and by 7 we're cut off;)
2003-02-14 12:48:20 AM  
I don't know, I just don't understand the purpose of drinking to begin with...
2003-02-14 12:49:04 AM  
To obtain the figure for $ spent on booze by underage drinkers, take the amount they spend on pot and divide by 5.
2003-02-14 12:49:10 AM  
And hasn't anyone considered all that beer does for procreation? Won't someone think of the children?!?!?

Man, I hope this bill doesn't pass. Why is it that the solution to every problem is making some innocent bystander pay for the mistakes of idiots? Whenever my friends and I hit the bars, someone is always the dd and lookout, in case one of us is ready to walk off with someone we don't know. The so called threats of alcohol really can be handled. This is dumb! Fark politicians!
2003-02-14 12:52:50 AM  
Boat Club shipwrecked.
2003-02-14 12:55:31 AM  

Hell yeah! It ain't tuition, it's a four-year cover charge!

I can only speak for myself, but when I got a head full of gin, I am an incredible conversationalist, I am funnier, I can lift anything and, hey moron, who are you looking at! Huh, huh. Yeah, you punk. That's exactly what I thought. Dude, I think those chicks at the end of the bar want me. Let's see, there's 25 girls in this if I consider a 4% success rate as good. WHY if I do better than average...YES!!!
2003-02-14 12:57:30 AM  
There's an advertisement for the Oakland Raiders at the top of the story. How appropiate for an article on drinking.
2003-02-14 12:57:45 AM  
Mutated-Snoopy: Excuse me, and yes, You are correct. Pat Mr.MerriamWebster on the back for me.(I was going to insert something rude here, but hey, you're right.) Oh hell, do it anyway....Yeah! right after he's finished sodomizing You!
2003-02-14 01:05:59 AM  
I wonder how everyone gets it so easily. And pot, I have no clue where I would get that.
2003-02-14 01:08:55 AM  
Fake ID: 10$
Case (30) of Miller High Life: $13.00
Case (30) of IceHouse: $13.00

Spending your food money on Cheap Beer: Priceless
Doing my part to help the economy : Pricess

I Love college
2003-02-14 01:09:33 AM  
Umm, so since it's illegal to sell to minors are they just going to make up a random number to use to tax the manafacturers? "Yeah, and we're thinking this year teens spent, oh say 2 billion on alcohol. Alcohol producers you us 2% of your profit."

I'm sure the nice man is doing this "for the children" and "under God" and all, but this is just as bad as a frivolous lawsuit. If I lived in California I'd be pissed, this guy is just wasting everyones time with unworkable legislation.
2003-02-14 01:14:09 AM  
Well, let me help you get started Qinopio. Like I said before, don't make the same mistakes I made.

Learn how to shoot heroin before you do it AND FOR GOD's SAKES learn the lingo. Nothing's more pathetic than saying, "This is good china white" when it was browner than a wino's teeth.

Here's a link to get you started (NSFW)...
2003-02-14 01:15:28 AM  
It's only scary because our society treats drugs as a taboo.

If we could legally use drugs like alcohol at a young age, like most European countries, we would see far lower numbers of crimes committed by people under the influence of drugs.

Legal drinking age in Denmark is what? Eight years old?

They have zero drunk drivers (life imprisonment, I believe).
2003-02-14 01:17:35 AM  
heh, obvious
2003-02-14 01:21:55 AM  
I don't know, I just don't understand the purpose of drinking to begin with...

Good, don't go making the attempt to try and understand it. This is the advice I give to anyone who doesn't drink. Me, I've quit twice, for several months. Both times I made the conscious choice to take it up again, and I doubt anything could make me quit again. I've a degree in psychology, so there's no mystery to any of it for me. I know why I'll never stop, and why no one should ever start. It's not the worst thing you could get into, but if you're not already hooked, no reason to bother.
2003-02-14 01:22:11 AM  
^ responsible
2003-02-14 01:24:01 AM  
The media doesn't tell people to drink, it tells people what to drink. This dumb ass stuff really pisses me off.
2003-02-14 01:25:58 AM  
I think a better arguement is that you're old enough to vote. I mean for crying out loud the government trusts you to decide who the farking president is but not to have a beer? That's messed up.

I think a better argument is that you don't vote, so the rest of us are free to impose our will on you.
2003-02-14 01:26:07 AM  
Seriously, it took a trip to Germany for me to realize that beer wasn't just fun-time happy juice, but an actual beverage that can be enjoyed for what it is. Sure, I don't get blitzed off schlitz or pabst, but it actually tastes good. Like tonight, I got out of work, went to my local bar, had a few lagers and a burger and then went to class. Here I am sober and ready for the workday.

I guess it comes down to

moderation = good
2003-02-14 01:30:08 AM  
Still waiting to find a beer that actually tastes good...
2003-02-14 01:31:37 AM  
SockMonkeyHolocaust: Hey! Kid! It takes a strong man to live in the gutter ya know.
2003-02-14 01:45:04 AM  
Yeah, christ, when did I become my parents? I think I still have half a bottle of SoCo left and six hours before I have to be in work...

2003-02-14 01:47:28 AM  
Moderation = good, very true. Though for some moderation lasts all of a week before you're getting a bottle of Bacardi 151 to begin each of your concoctions with. I ain't saying it can't be an innocent and benign element of life, but one should consider the possibility that it might get out of hand.

Hell, look at women.
2003-02-14 02:03:37 AM  
And California got my 10 bucks tonight...
2003-02-14 02:05:31 AM  
Haha... scary? What cave have you been living in? :P
2003-02-14 02:07:23 AM  
Awww Christ. now I'm going to hell for dragging some guy named "SockMonkey" down with me. Damn, and I just made my peace for all those kittens....
2003-02-14 02:27:50 AM  
bah, 18 is the ideal drinking age, you crazy yanks.
2003-02-14 02:40:57 AM  
Still waiting to find a beer that actually tastes good.

if you live in so cal and can get your hands on some Stone beer you should check out their arrogant bastard ale good stuff

yea i remeber the days of getting someone to buy me beer oh the great times now i am the lucky one who helps my underage friends contribute to the economy
2003-02-14 02:48:55 AM  
Students at CSU Chico have that beat by far.
2003-02-14 03:00:29 AM  
...and that's just the money they spend on booze.

Factor in the pot, MDMA, coke, you're talking REAL money.

There has to be a way to exploit this for evil.
2003-02-14 03:50:58 AM  
When my roommates and I were underage, we went through two handles of Crown per week. that comes to 0.00052% of the $1 billion total. I like to know that I made a difference.
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