Yet the federal bureaucracy has never served as a neutral moderator when it comes to alcohol policies. Rather than conduct reasoned, impartial scientific inquiry, agencies such as the DOJ, the Department of Transportation, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism throw all their weight squarely on one side of the debate. Indeed, they have created a drinking age industry. Research designed to promote the current drinking age gets federal funding, a stamp of approval, and widespread dissemination, regardless of its scientific merit.
Personally, I think our drinking age policy (which the article says is the highest in the world) is extremely inconsistent and stupid. It makes no sense to me that my little brother, who’s 19, can decide who is President, decide to fight in a war, and decide what he’s going to do with his life, but he isn’t allowed to make the decision on whether to have a beer or not. This inconsistency can only be eliminated by either lowering the drinking age to 18 or raising the age of majority to 21. Both solutions have merits. The former increases liberty. The latter would protect society from the harmful decisions and actions that immature, unwise sub-21 year olds are bound to make (not that 23 year olds are always better), though it will deprive our military of recruits entering their physical prime.