Drinking age change will not benefit youth

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Editor:

I feel a need to express my concern regarding the government exploring the reduction of the legal drinking age in our province.

There is so much proven research that shows the negative effects of alcohol on the adolescent brain.

The human brain does not finish growing and developing until between 21 and 25 years of age.

The number one cause of teen death is related to drugs and alcohol - whether it be a vehicle accident, where alcohol is a factor, or an overdose or suicide.

Alcohol plays a part, so aside from money, what other reasons could there possibly be for reducing the legal drinking age?

I don't know of any parent that would put money before a child's life. Money is not everything!

Let's give our youth a chance. Encourage them to learn how to deal with life on life's terms, without using alcohol as a solution.

I believe every parent has a duty to teach their children, but so does our elected government have a duty when the parent can't.

Please, value our youth more than the almighty dollar. They are worth it.

Jeanie Story - Swift Current

Geographic location: Swift Current

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  • Hensel
    November 18, 2012 - 14:41

    It amazes me, that in a province running its 4 th straight deficit, in a time of resource prosperity, that the Sask Party has nothing better to do than to consider allowing grade 12's to buy booze. This a year after the donation of a few million tax dollars annualy to cut the cost of beer (the "dime a beer" discount) by the Sask Party about a year ago! And we wonder why they can't balance the budget the real way!