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What is it with the US and Beer?
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 02 2013 @ 03:46 AM EDT
Yeah, to a foreigner it's incomprehensible. When I was a kid my Dad would give
me his beer _foam_ do "drink" if he happened to have a glass in a
restaurant or something. I didn't care much for the taste, it was just this cool
foam thing. I was in my early teens and the whole business was of no
consequence. OTOH few years ago a family visited me from Warsaw in San
Francisco, we went to a restaurant and the parents asked for wine, including two
glasses of wine for their two boys (ages 17 and 18). The waitress refused, got
quite embarrassed and explained she'd be fired if she complied. The boys looked
at each other in a sort of shock pasted with a smile, we ended up ordering some
soft drink instead (probably more health damaging than wine). Where and how this
idiocy started I have no idea. I'm 56 and get carded all the time.

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What is it with the US and Beer?
Authored by: deck2 on Tuesday, July 02 2013 @ 01:48 PM EDT

It is not the linkage to our Puritan roots but more primarily from the Temperance movements of the late 19th Century that has caused this nation to have its current attitudes to alcoholic beverages. There was quite a problem with alcohol abuse and alcoholism in that time period that initiated those movements. The Temperance movements were to some degree related to Protestant Christian denominations that overzealously misinterpreted the Biblical admonitions of sobriety (to not have an overly ostentatious life) and drunkenness (alcohol abuse and alcoholism). It went so far as to culminate in the passing of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed in 1919:

Section 1.
After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

It is a known fact that the Puritans would have a pint or two of ale for breakfast (and other meals). There are extant recipes for the brewing of the ale which indicate that it was fermented.

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Unable to control themselves, some feel it necessary to control others.
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 02 2013 @ 05:17 PM EDT
Those who feel out of control of their own lives are compelled to try and
control the lives of others.

It is just another form of selfishness in the name of morality.

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More importantly...
Authored by: LocoYokel on Tuesday, July 02 2013 @ 07:41 PM EDT
What if it HAD been beer? How would this have been appropriate under any
circumstances? T

hey wouldn't use those tactics for violent criminals but it's ok to use them to
terrorize 3 young college girls?

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Political correctness is an effort to abrogate the First
Amendment under the assumption that there exists a right to
not be offended and that it has priority

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What is it with the US and Beer?
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 02 2013 @ 09:30 PM EDT
They should see how American youngsters react with booze when in Mexico. Not
pretty.

Yufty

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