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how is it that she is not yet 21 but has established that she feels better after not drinking for a year? she is all over in pictures at bars / clubs where the age requirement for entry is 21, yet there she is. i just don't understand why no one is being held responsible for "deliquency of a minor" or why she herself has not faced any charges of illegal alcohol consumption. sorry to bring this here, but i think some members will be able to shed some light on this for me.

Tue. Dec 12, 9:44am

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Well, I agree that it is illegal and maybe curious to us layfolk that she hasn't had any trouble with the law over it...but you don't need to be a whiz to see that celebrities are given preferential treatment in all things. If you need a prime, disgusting example, look at OJ.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 11:13 AM

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without being familiar w american laws, it may be that "deliquency of minor" charges relate to those under 18, not 21. As a Canadian, what I find absurd is that an 18 year old can vote, but not go to a bar... legal age for drinking here is 18 and there's never been a strong pulblic outcry to change it...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 11:15 AM

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actually, she claims not to have had a drink in a WEEK, not a year.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 11:41 AM

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a 21 year old is only a minor in the context of our absurd culture. People go to war at 18, used to marry earlier. We treat teenagers like children, and we are surprised when they act like them.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 11:54 AM

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i don't see any evidence of her being treated as a child, although there is more than enough about her childish actions.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 12:04 PM

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The answer is MONEY.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 4:19 PM

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I don't think it is illegal for a minor to drink. It is illegal to sell them alcohol but I don't think it is illegal so serve them alcohol in a private setting.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 9:47 PM

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I am the above poster .. I looked it up and found this website with lots of calrification.

http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/LegalDrinkingAge.html

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 9:51 PM

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951, that was super eye-opening. i can't wait to tell my mother!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 10:10 PM

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For the record--"private clubs and establishments" does not include a bar or a club. It includes places such as country clubs or other places where a membership is required to enter the establishment. Your neighborhood tavern, or most of the clubs that L-Lo goes to, are actually public, since they do not require a membership. They turn a blind eye to the celeb underage drinking, since celeb sitings in clubs like theirs gives them more business. I'm not quite sure why the authorities don't raid these clubs (as they should), but I'm positive they would if this were occuring in my state (since we have very strict ABC laws).

For the record, Linsday Lohan disgusts me, and actually makes me feel ashamed to be under 30. Her and other Hollywood "it" girls are really embarassing. I for one would not want to be photographed without underwear on, and if I weren't wearing underwear, I'd be damned sure to close my legs while exiting a car in a short skirt!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006, 12:18 AM

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here is a link to the texas laws regarding underage drinking. it varies greatly from state to state. in new jersey, you can be arrested for underage possession and / or consumption of alcohol. and so can your parents if they provide it. or any other adult who provides it to a minor, for that matter.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006, 9:48 AM

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another good article with more on the topic.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006, 9:50 AM

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she said she doesn't drink in the bars..yeah OK..she said she only drinks at home.. yeah OK..

Thursday, December 14, 2006, 5:34 AM

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Whats your problem? That she is honet? Most of us started drinking well before 21. I applaud her !

Thursday, December 14, 2006, 7:04 PM

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the problem is that she is in the news going into and leaving bar after bar. people clearly know this girl is not of age and yet continue to allow her to break the law. and be publicized doing it. it's just as irresponsible as if she was 15 and photographed smoking cigarettes all over the place. it sends out a message to those who admire her that it is acceptable to drink and promotes the idea that in order to have fun you need to party. yeah, sure, now she is stating that she has not had a drink in over a week or "anthing else." what are we supposed to deduce from that fact? what else was she doing that she has abstained from? she should not have to face a potential drinking problem at 20 years old. and it's not entirely her fault that she is. the club owners ought to bear some responsibility when people, anyone -not just the rich and famous-are knowingly in their clubs when they are not old enough to be there. yeah, i did drink before i was 21, but i did not go around yapping about it, nor was i in the newspaper, on magazine covers or on tv. fame, like it or not, puts you in the position of being a role model. this isn't new news.

Friday, December 15, 2006, 1:56 PM

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The legal drinking age is 21 because our nervous system doesn't finish developing until the early 20s - exactly the system that drinking WAY too much alcohol can damage. But 21 exactly? Why not randomly assign 25? or 23? And why can't I rent a car until I am 25? But I can still fight in the military, get married and have several children with no car to put them in when they go home to see family.

Sunday, December 17, 2006, 2:51 PM

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