People seem to have strong feelings around the Amethyst Initiative. Personally, I’m for it. Eighteen year olds can vote and enlist in the military, but they can’t have a beer before they are shipped off to Iraq or champagne when the new president is elected?
A lot of people ages 18-20 drink because it’s illegal and there’s a certain rebellious, exotic edge to it. Legalizing it would take some of the excitement out of it
The USA is one of only 4 countries in the world with a drinking age as high as 21.
I have witnessed a great deal of binge drinking and other related shenanigans from the under 21 crowd.
Admittedly, 18 feels a little young to be able to go to a liquor store and pick out whatever you want. But the under 21 crowd that wants to drink always seem to be able to get its hands on alcohol in some clandestine manner.
I’ll leave the dispassionate debate to the college presidents, lawmakers, and other experts, but I say, why not lower the age? If parents do their jobs during the first 17 years, they won’t have to worry as much when kids reach majority.
Teach them as kids how dumb a cigarette habit is, and they probably won’t develop one. Drinking isn’t so different from a behavioral stand point. There will still be some excited experimentation, just like when you first get a driver license. You can’t wait to try it, if for no other reason that the fact that you can. But if we want young people to act like adults, we need to treat them as such, and this is a step in that direction.