Lower Or Elminate The Drinking Age, Says Gary Johnson
Steven Nelson writes at The Daily Caller that former New Mexico governor (and invisible presidential candidate) Gary Johnson is for reducing -- or even eliminating -- the national drinking age:
In 1984 federal legislation mandated that states adopt laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol to individuals under 21 years old. If states did not comply, they risked losing federal transportation funding.
"I'm always the guy to advocate for lower ages. I just believe that the lower the age the better you come to grips with what these substances are," the Libertarian Party presidential candidate said.
"If you can go to Iraq and die, or Afghanistan and die as a service man or women at 18, and you can't drink -- I'm sorry I don't buy into that."
There was effectively no drinking age for me -- my dad would always us some of what he was drinking. Bleh. Never wanted any.
Then, as I've blogged here before, when I turned 15, I wanted to find out what it was like to get drunk. Because drinking wasn't a big deal in my family -- not that my father drinks more than a glass of something or other about once or twice a week -- I didn't have anything to rebel against. And I realized I'd be safest if I got drunk when my parents were there. So, I went to my cousin's wedding, drank a bunch of vodka and TAB (I know, I know!) and got all tipsy and then felt like crap and got sick on the side of the road going home. My dad laughed at me, said something like "Bet you won't overdo it again," and the thought of throwing up kept me from drinking again until I was in my late 20s. Now I drink dry white wine and nothing stronger.
And no, I probably don't have some physiological predisposition to be sipping schnapps at 10 am, but I also feel very strongly about being as productive as possible. It's not a disease; it's a choice.
And I think that when that choice isn't a big deal, as it isn't in France, for example, you're less likely to have binge drinking and other sick behavior.
So...for or against reducing or eliminating the drinking age?