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-- Tawker (User:Tawker) 02:30, 6 April 2006 (UTC) :::See our articles on Legal drinking age and Underage drinking in America for a place to start. Generally, in the United States, the high drinking age is motivated by the fact that people can start driving at a younger age, and since younger people are considered less responsible, they are more likely to engage in irresponsible activities like drunk driving. Also, there may be some leftover Prohibition-era mentality around. Also note that in the US, the drinking age is much more strictly enforced than in Europe, especially in areas like New England (stemming from the Puritan Blue laws). In Massachusetts, for example, an out-of-state driver's license or even a passport is not considered an acceptable proof-of-age document in many establishments. Things are much more relaxed in, say New York State, where alcohol can be sold in supermarkets. Also note that in Europe, many countries give a lot of cultural significance to certain forms of alcohol, and drinking them is an ingrained aspect of the culture, for example wine in France, beer in the Czech Republic, etc. --Aram (User:Aramgutang)'''գուտանգ (User talk:Aramgutang)''' 03:21, 6 April 2006 (UTC) :::: I don't think you can say the drinking age is more strongly enforced in the USA than in Europe. It varies quite a lot between European countries, as does the legal drinking age purchase age and the legislation in general. I don't think it's a drinking-tradition issue either (even though it's a popular explaination). For instance, Finland. Finland now has some of the stricter alcohol legislation in Europe, and for a reason: They have a history of very heavy drinking. Alcoholism was a huge social problem there up until the 20th century. (When coffee replaced vodka as the main social drink - now they're the global #1 in coffee consumption per capita) The more relevant cultural issue is probably ''how'' they drink. The French tend to drink wine with meals to be social, not to get hammered, wheras Finns tend to binge-drink 'viina' (Koskenkorva). --BluePlatypus (User:BluePlatypus) 04:22, 6 April 2006 (UTC) The ties between Poland other countries also increased, as prospective students went abroad to University of Padua, University of Paris and other renown European academies. This was strengthened by other similar trends, as Poles traveled abroad, and foreigners visited Poland. The royal and ducal courts (royal court), through diplomatic missions and alliance-forming intermarriage, absorbed foreign cultural influences. Contacts between Polish royal court and those of neighbouring countries - Hungary, Bohemia, the Italian states (Italy in the Middle Ages), France, and the German States (List of states in the Holy Roman Empire) increased with time. Poland was also affected by the process of German (Germany) colonization (Ostsiedlung). As German settlers migrated East, they brought various knowledge and customs (for example the Magdeburg laws). Germans often settled in towns, and thus Polish urban culture) became similar to that of the Western Europe. Polish culture, influenced by the West, in turn radiated east, with one of the main consequences being the Polish-Lithuanian Union. Bugatti Royale In the same year, Captain Cuthbert W. Foster, heir to the Bird's Custard fortune, commissioned Park Ward to build a body onto to his newly acquired Bugatti Royale, the fourth car chassis number 41131. Fashioned on a favourite Rolls-Royce he had previously owned, the car is hence known as the ''Foster'' car or ''Limousine Park-Ward.'' Commons:Category:France WikiPedia:France Dmoz:Regional Europe France

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