A few thoughts on some of these:
- Some alcoholic beverages are labeled as either manly or girly drinks.
This is certainly an opinion that I’ve seen expressed, particularly in the realm of some guys looking down at other guys who drink what they consider to be “girly drinks” (typically, sweeter drinks). I’m not sure that a woman who drinks whiskey (or whatever you want to say is a “manly drink”) would face the same level of teasing.
- Binge drinking every weekend in college is just apart of the collegiate experience.
A lot of college kids do feel this way, and a lot of us who went to college remember some of those parties fondly (and, maybe, not so fondly). There’s also the aspect of “wow, I can’t believe I drank that much back then.”
One of my goddaughters is a college senior; when she was a freshman, she had three suite-mates, two of whom had pretty much just gone off to college to have a good time. My goddaughter didn’t drink when she was underage (and is also very introverted, and not interested in partying), and her suite-mates were unrelenting in giving her grief about not being party animals like they were: “You’re missing out on what college is all about!” As it turned out, both of those young women flunked out after their freshman years, but they apparently had a fun time doing so.
- The drinking age should be 18, just like every other country outside of America.
I don’t disagree, but it’s unlikely to change any time soon.
Until the 1980s, drinking ages varied by state (some were 18, some were 21, and some were something in between), and there was no small number of car crashes caused by young people driving across state lines to get drunk legally, and then crashing while drunk-driving on the way home.
The Reagan administration wasn’t able to institute an actual national drinking age of 21 (it’s considered to be something that falls into the purview of the individual states), but they were very effective in strong-arming the states into adopting 21, by threatening to cut off some of their federal highway funds if they didn’t. Even if that law were to go away, there’s no real way to mandate an 18 drinking age nationally, and you’d wind up with that patchwork of drinking ages again, and the same drunk driving issues as before.
- Drinking in moderation is a healthy habit to partake in.
As has already been noted, while that’s something that some people believe, the actual medical evidence for it is unclear. Based on what I’ve read over the past few years, it doesn’t seem likely that drinking, at any level, is a “healthy habit,” but a few drinks a week is probably not terrible for you.