"If you infantilize someone, do not be surprised when infantile behavior -- like binge drinking -- results."
Those are the words of John McCardell, Jr, who wrote an op-ed for the New York Times this week that has gone viral. McCardell points out that the United States is one of only four countries in the world with a legal drinking age as high as 21.
The innovative part of McCardell's piece is his call for legal drinking to mirror the system in place for legal driving. Alcohol education classes would be followed by a kind of permit, leading to full freedom to consume alcohol. It would start at age 18, when Americans are considered adults who can vote, fight for their country, and sign contracts.
The essay has provoked the ire of some anti-drinking groups who don't want to see the legal age changed. What do you think? You can read the full piece here
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