EDITORIAL: NSW aims to raise drinking age, Queensland next?

I'LL be interested to see how veteran politician Fred Nile goes in his bid to raise the drinking age to 21 in NSW.

The Christian Democratic Party leader appears to be a good chance of holding the balance of power in the NSW parliament, so his ambitious plan may not be that outrageous.

It would be good to use NSW as a test case for the nation.

If it was successful it could see a catalyst of change across the country.

There is no dispute that alcohol continues to a scourge of society.

Australia may be the lucky country, but far too many people abuse the right to drink alcohol.

Binge drinking is still rampant and many young folk seem to see it as a right of passage.

The problem for some of the unfortunate ones is that they will end up as a victim or an offender after reckless acts under the influence of grog.

A few more years maturity would make a big difference to the number of people who make those mistakes; mistakes that often have ramifications for the rest of their lives.

The initial phase of such a law change would be difficult to manage as I fear a certain percentage of teenagers would rebel.

Whatever the outcome of Rev Nile's alcohol crusade, it will freshen debate about how to educate the young about the dangers of excess consumption of alcohol and drugs.

But back to alcohol and raising the age to 21.

Imagine if we had grown up in a society where the drinking age was 21?

For one, I wouldn't be writing this editorial.



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