In the U.S the drinking age is 21 in every state of the union. The reason for this is, in large part, because of the passage of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. The effect of this bill was to coerce all states into raising their drinking ages to 21, or get their highway funding cut off.
I think that, regardless of whatever benefits a higher drinking age may confer, it does not justify blackmailing all 50 states to follow a rigid, inflexible policy of “must be 21”, and considering the fact that a lot of under-21 year olds have fought bravely and put their life on the line for this nation recently, maybe its time we repeal the MDAA of 1984 and give more freedom to the states to work things out on their own.
There are alternative ways of dealing with this issue that could be implemented. Perhaps let 18 year olds buy beer, but only in a controlled setting like a bar, but not any hard liquor or any booze outside of a bar or tavern? Federal Law has unnecesarily hindered states from doing anything other than a hardcore “NOT 21? NO ALCOHOL” policy.