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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Underage drinking accounts for 20% of alcohol use in the US   ( divider line
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2003-02-25 05:54:46 PM  
20% ? that's all ?
2003-02-25 05:55:08 PM  
2003-02-25 05:55:30 PM  
is 10% of that the Bush daughters ?
2003-02-25 05:55:56 PM  
why not lower the drinking age?
2003-02-25 05:55:58 PM  
Farkers have clicked on the above link 19 times.
2003-02-25 05:56:07 PM  
10% maybe Aussie immigrants
2003-02-25 05:56:16 PM  
Man, I've seen enough of these "underage drinking" articles and pieces on news magazine shows. It's like binge drinking and underage drinking didn't exist before 1996. Please.
2003-02-25 05:56:33 PM  
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"We'll put a stop to that."
2003-02-25 05:56:40 PM  
first time im proud to be a statistic
2003-02-25 05:57:36 PM  
Maybe the number wouldn't be that high if they lowered the drinking age. Drinking age 21? Silly Americans...
2003-02-25 05:58:36 PM  
The 20% of the underage drinkers make up 80% of the drunken projectile vomiters as well.
2003-02-25 05:58:48 PM  
How much of that is adults 18-20? Prohibition is not over.
2003-02-25 05:59:02 PM  
I'm well over the drinking age, and don't touch a drop. Unless you count my heavy coffee addiction.
2003-02-25 05:59:08 PM  
Time to bomb Iraq.
2003-02-25 05:59:31 PM  
My dad let me drink when I was 16.

Of course, now I'm a raging alcoholic...but still.
2003-02-25 05:59:35 PM  
I know that 20% of all my drinking was done while I was under-age. Ah, college....

/fond, though blurry, memories
2003-02-25 06:00:26 PM  
Three weeks and I'm no longer part of that statistic.
2003-02-25 06:00:45 PM  
That's pretty low - you should be proud. It's over 40% in the UK.
2003-02-25 06:01:49 PM  
Despite my best efforts.

/Joe 12 pack
2003-02-25 06:02:35 PM  
... and farkers are the other 80%.
2003-02-25 06:02:36 PM  
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Ah! times.
2003-02-25 06:03:42 PM  
Fox1324 -- Politics and inertia, I'd figure. Lower the age, and the "protect the children" gang will probably scream for your head on a plate. In addition, admitting that people over 21 can also be childish, irresponsibile idiots even when sober, let alone drunk, probably isn't a good idea for a politician.
2003-02-25 06:03:43 PM  
glad to be part of that statistic
2003-02-25 06:03:44 PM  
Huh, I'm just an over-achiever then, as 100% of my drinking has been underage so far.
2003-02-25 06:03:55 PM  
20% - I'm a little concerned. I thought with the binge drinking desire we have created amoung college students (due to the drinking age limit) that the percentage should be higher.

besides... the article is biased..."Excessive" drinking by adults - consumption of more than two drinks daily - as mentioned in the article would seem low in many places - such as my house :)
2003-02-25 06:04:43 PM  
damn, figured it would have accounted for so much more... ah well, let the good times roll.
2003-02-25 06:04:57 PM  
I just responded to my first article without reading it first.

Nothing left to do now but sign up for Total Fark.

Can I get a Stoner Discount?
2003-02-25 06:06:14 PM  
one word:

2003-02-25 06:06:17 PM  
It's really sad that a segment that couldn't possibly account for 20% of the general population could have such sway over the liquor market. Thus, I am issuing a call to all of-agers out there:

Drink More.

/not employed by the beverage industry
2003-02-25 06:06:33 PM  
That's pretty much what there was to do when you're underage where I grew up.
2003-02-25 06:06:37 PM  
Dammit, Pudding7. You beat me to it.

I'm curious as to what they are drinking. I certainly drank some swill when I was younger. Perhaps that's why I didn't like beer until I was 22 when I tried an Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout. That was the beginning of the end. It kicked off a downward spiral into the life I now lead as a beer critic, writer and pubcrawler.

2003-02-25 06:07:45 PM  
The group issued a report last year saying that young people ages 12 through 20 consume 25 percent of the nation's alcohol, a figure based on the 1998 National Household Survey of Drug Abuse. Critics questioned the statistics, and Califano's group acknowledged it failed to adjust its figures to reflect teens' percentage of the nation's population.

That's some mighty fine statistical work right there. Why are we listening to these people a second time?
2003-02-25 06:08:14 PM  
87.3% of all statistics are made up.
2003-02-25 06:08:45 PM  
...and it's not that these kids are drinking too young, it's that they were born too late.
2003-02-25 06:08:53 PM  
Best use of the obvious tag I've seen in awhile.
2003-02-25 06:09:01 PM  
I am going with Tyee. This is bogus.
2003-02-25 06:09:56 PM  
In further detail, underage drinkers account for:

77% of Milwaukee's Best sales
0% of Louis XIII cognac sales
137% of Boone's Farm Fruit Wine sales (the other 3% has yet to be accounted for, tends to be transient)
2003-02-25 06:10:58 PM  
20 percent? Prove it. I think that's BS.
2003-02-25 06:11:56 PM  
Misterblint - I'm glad to see another person who appreciates beer at more than one level - Anderson Valley makes some killer beer - even those of us on the East Coast can recognize it. - this comes from a brewer, drinker and a judge.

Dammit - might just open one now.
2003-02-25 06:12:09 PM  
Lower the drinking age to 16, since teenagers drink anyways, nothing is really going to stop them. Raise the driving age to 21, at least while they spend 5 years drinking legally, they can't be driving around drunk. Imagine how many cars you could get off the road and how good insurance premiums get for adults! I know, all you teenagers reading this is telling me to fark off :D

While you're at it, let's adopt Germany's driving tests and fees. Seriously, any dumb-ass can get a driver's license in America. People here view it as a right, not the privilege it really is.
2003-02-25 06:12:17 PM  
I'll drink to that! *rimshot*
2003-02-25 06:12:40 PM  
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The quintessential underage brew. Yeeesh
2003-02-25 06:14:21 PM  
I refuse to believe it.

Let's say 22.5 million kids in the US are drinkers. That would mean that they're each averaging $1000/yr on alcohol?

I'm having a little trouble with that.
2003-02-25 06:14:30 PM  
2003-02-25 06:14:46 PM  
John Bellushi in "COLLEGE" shirt in
2003-02-25 06:14:54 PM  
I admit I buy young adults (18-21 year olds) alcohol which is strange considering:

+ I never drank before I was 21
+ I'm a conservative
+ My father drank himself to death
+ I'm 30 but I don't look a day over 19 so I get carded

So why do I do it? I think ageism is immoral. I also think an unhealthy sense of what alcohol can do leads to bad behavior.
2003-02-25 06:15:23 PM  
Age 16-24 The Natural light years
2003-02-25 06:16:23 PM  
does mouthwash count?
2003-02-25 06:16:36 PM  

do you live in the philadelphia area? cause I share your view that ageism is immoral and I also have a love for drinking underage.
2003-02-25 06:17:22 PM  
whoops forgot to close the bold tag...

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