No More “You Must Be 21”: Repeal the National Minimum Drinking Age

Source: National Review
by Christian Schneider

“The arguments for lowering the drinking age are familiar. In many states, a 19-year-old can serve on a jury, sign contracts, and enlist in the military. Yet if two 19-year-olds get married, they can’t be served drinks at the open bar at their own wedding. In many states, at age 18 you can own a shotgun but can’t shotgun a Pabst Blue Ribbon at the local bar. Further, in 2021, 147,000 babies were born to mothers between the ages of 15 and 19. How is it we trust people that young to care for another human but not to enjoy a post-work Aperol spritz? Setting the drinking age at 21 simply shoves young people into the shadows, where undergrads will ingest as much alcohol as possible because they don’t know when they’ll be able to obtain it again.” (05/18/23)