Originally Posted by Joykins
There's this thing I did when I was 19 and became an adult by going to Niagara Falls (Ont.), and then went back over the border and became a teenager again. In fact, one could hypothetically do this repeatedly, hitting the duty-free shop each time in the company of someone who is adult in both countries, or at least one could (hypothetically) in the 1990s.
When I was 18, I was an adult as all of the requirements were allowed for someone 18 (back then). I never had an issue with booze. My parents were not heavy drinkers. They drank socially, never to excess and had wine on the Jewish holidays and Friday nights. I grew up with full access to the liquor cabinet and my parents never needed to lock it or hide anything. My sister also never had a problem. We grew up with alcohol readily available. I think it's the parents that say no and try to make alcohol out to be a bad thing that gets kids wanting it.