Raise drink­ing age

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

AS A coun­try, par­tic­u­larly in Queens­land, we are so over gov­erned that free­dom of choice is a dis­tant mem­ory. Gov­ern­ments now act as pa­tri­archs, religious ad­ju­di­ca­tors and per­sonal de­ci­sion mak­ers with lit­tle or no un­der­stand­ing of what they are deal­ing with. The pro­posed lock-out laws are a case in point. If you have a can­cer, you don’t merely treat the symp­toms, you cut it out. Re­act­ing to ev­ery prob­lem by im­pos­ing laws to con­trol or ban the sub­ject, is only deal­ing with the symp­toms. Al­co­hol fu­elled vi­o­lence in club and pub precincts is mainly car­ried out by im­ma­ture teens, whose brains are yet to fully de­velop, lim­it­ing their abil­ity to con­trol their hor­mones or be­hav­iour. A so­lu­tion that tar­gets only this group rather than pun­ish­ing in­no­cent pa­trons and de­stroy­ing busi­nesses would be to raise the le­gal drink­ing age to 21. Why not fol­low the ex­am­ple of many other coun­tries where this has a proven track record?

Olga Ge­orge

Ber­a­jondo

Gor­don Wal­lace I have had enough of this third-world ser­vice

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