Does Drinking Have an Age- by Nicole Fernandes

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(LAW AND ORDER)
REMEMBER YOUR AGE BEFORE DRINKING ALCOHOL
WANNA CONSUME ALCOHOL: HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR OWN AGE AND IS THERE A PERMIT WITH YOU?
PICTURE COURTESY-http://www.rightstep.com/images/blogpics/medical-supervision.jpg Drinking’ is a term which can be used by common people in different ways i.e. drinking water, drinking medicines, drinking alcohol. Each word that is associated with drinking has an issue attached to itself and these issues can easily be identified to one of the well-known city ‘Mumbai’ in which we live. The Maharashtra state government sets up different laws to each of these Mumbai issues. This government has also taken up the initiative to set up a law which helps in providing a permit or denial to youngsters to drink alcohol. The Maharashtra State Government raised up the age of consuming alcohol recently. According to this law, a person can consume beer only when one has crossed the age of 21 years and not 18years instead. If anyone needs to have heavy alcohol, he or she needs to be 25years and above. Getting a drinking permit in hand is the second initiative that each youth should undertake after taking one’s age into consideration. In order to get such permit licence, one can either pay Rs.50 per day or Rs.1000 for life-long drinking permit. According to the law, after the permit is granted to a person, only 12 units of alcohol can be consumed and not exceed the limits. This law also sets a background that if anyone is found drunk without any permit, will be fined Rs.50, 000 or sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment or both of these in extreme cases. This law brings up certain questions that remain unanswered according to me. If the state considers one who is 18 years as mature to vote, then it should also agree that 18 years is a mature age to drink. Why does the age of maturity change when it comes to the context of consumption of alcohol? The youths many a times are confused regarding the age of maturity when...
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