Archive for July, 2007

Wet or Dry

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Cultures can be characterized as either “wet” or “dry”. “Wet” cultures- those of southern Europe, for example- have high per capita consumption of alcohol but few legal restrictions, and fewer drunken driving fatalities. In “wet” cultures, individuals drink frequently but rarely with the intention of becoming intoxicated. “Dry” cultures- those of northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the United States, for example- have low per capita consumption of alcohol. Drinking is infrequent but, when it does occur, it is very heavy. “Dry” cultures have more alcohol related violence and drunken driving fatalities.

Excellent Letter-to-the-Editor

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Thanks to [CR] volunteer Peter Mastracci of the Pittsburgh area who took the time to write this excellent letter in response to the July 8 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Peter makes the argument that the 21 year-old drinking age is an unjustified abridgment of the 18 year-old age of majority.

“Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other advocacy groups that defend the highest drinking age in the world (America is the only non-Muslim country on Earth to impose a drinking age of 21) rationalize the law by saying that it prevents automobile-related deaths. The statistics vary, but even if this were true, it does not rationalize discrimination. If it were discovered that people of a different demographic, such as race or religion, were found to commit a crime more often than others, would it be legal to restrict the rights of its members?”