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Even non-alcoholic drinks should be limited to those 20 years old and up: survey

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To all our under-age readers, we feel for you. Understandably, alcoholic drinks are off-limits as they can be harmful to your growth at a young age. But now, it seems the adults want to take away your non-alcoholic drinks as well according to a recent survey.

The survey was conducted by the Daiichi Mutual Life Insurance Institute of Economic Research who gauged the public’s fears that non-alcoholic drinks encourage the consumption of real alcohol at the request of beverage makers.

In the survey 1200 people between the ages of 30 and 40 who had under-aged children were asked “What’s a good age to start drinking non-alcoholic drinks?”

The top replies were:

Over 20: 37.5% University (18-19): 32.3% High School (15-17): 17.3% Junior High (12-14): 5.7%

Of the people who responded that any age (from zero to over 20) was okay, the interviewer asked for a reason.

The top reasons were:

“There are no legal or health issues.” (31.9%) “There is no reason to say no.” (31.1%) “It’s a way for children to avoid actual drinking.” (30.3%)

Of course, this survey is referring to simulated alcoholic beverages like near-beer, but with the current range of alcopops available virtually any drink is a non-alcoholic something or other. For example, Coke is a non-alcoholic “rum & coke” and orange juice is a non-alcoholic screwdriver.

With the development of more and more alcoholic drinks altered to match regular soft drinks, parents’ worries about getting hooked are rendered meaningless. So if this survey were to somehow become law, kids would be left with only water to drink – maybe tea.

Source: MSN News (Japanese)

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stupid survey, who wasted their time replying?

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I dunno, when I saw the non-alcohol "near beer" lined up with regular juices and sodas in the vending machine in front of my house (and not in the beer vending machine next to it), it did get me thinking about the impact of marketing it this way. Most retail outlets have agreed to segregate near-beer, alcohol-free canned chuhai and other adult-like beverages, shelving them with their alcoholic counterparts and away from soft drinks, but there is no requirement that they do so.

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People are stupid as water could be seen as a "gateway" drink to alcohol.

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Who has the right to dictate to another what they may or may not drink??

Of course, it IS a parent's responsibility to teach their children to take care of their own health. But that's where it ends. It's no one else's business nor right.

Clearly, there are lots of unhealthy products available, but it's the individual's responsibility to make their own choices. Parents, teach your children well.

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I think it is good for a youngish person to learn the tastes of different alcohols. Of course under control by parents and in small amounts.

That way he/she can recognise if alcohol was added to their drink.

Myself have switched now mostly to non-alcoholic Beer and Chu-Hi's.

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Yes, well, I grew up in the time of candy cigarettes.

I remember those and bought them once or twice!

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Herve, you make the assumption that parents are looking after their kids and teaching then right from wrong. Many do not. Which is why their are age restrictions and laws. Personally I'd be wondering how stupid the parents are if I saw a jhs or hs students drinking nonalcoholic beer.

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It is as stupid as the law in some states in the USA that requires a sales clerk to put a can of beer in a paper bag before the customer takes it out of the store. Does it prevent people under the age limit from drinking? Freedom, people, is disappearing. The government needs to solve issues such as unemployment before it wastes time even considering this ludicrous issue.

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I've always wondered why it says Alc.0.00%. Why not Alc.0%? Or is it to distinguish between low alcohol beer?

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CrazyJoeAug. 06, 2012 - 08:00AM JST

I've always wondered why it says Alc.0.00%. Why not Alc.0%? Or is it to distinguish between low alcohol beer?

Even orange juice has naturally occurring alcohols, sometimes actually as high as 0.05% (legal limit in USA, probably same in Japan). To say 0.00% means that it has at most 0.005% alcohol by volume, and you would go into insulin shock before getting drunk. It is a legal thing rather than distinguishing thing.

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Even non-alcoholic drinks should be limited to those 20 years old and up: survey ... The top replies were:

Over 20: 37.5% University (18-19): 32.3% High School (15-17): 17.3% Junior High (12-14): 5.7%

How is the survey saying that again? The under 20 group is 62.5%, so the real headline should be "Non-alcoholic drinks should not be limited to those 20 years old and up: survey".

I vote for the any one should drink side, it allows people to completely ignore the alcohol content and drink for the company, not the buzz. It would likely cut down on underage drinking, as well as drunk driving (the driver doesn't have to order soda while everyone has beer). There is nothing different between fruit juices and alcohol free beer, and alcohol free cocktails are just fruit juice and water anyway.

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Oo, you strange foreigners. In the UK it's legal to drink alcohol in the home in the presence of a responsible adult from the age of 5. It's only buying alcohol that you need to be aged 18 or over.

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Thanks @basroil

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