Unfortunately, society is presently "forcing" our young people into illegally obtaining and consuming alcohol with many of them gorging themselves while planning for the next the binge. Therefore to fully appreciate this proposal, it should be compared to the process of obtaining a driver's license at the age of 16 where a training period is required first.
First I must point out the obvious by praising Mr. Q.D. Thompson for writing this letter to the editor and expressing his strong and favorable views towards lowering the national drinking age to 18. This article hits on some interesting points in relation to the drinking age debate. While I do praise this man for making this article, I long for a more extensive explanation of his comparison of this lower drinking age idea to a person receiving their driver's license at age 16. I am almost positive that the author does not support a drinking age in America of sixteen (16) years old. However, no explanation of his analogy is present. This confuses me. Nonetheless, the author is on board our ship that's leaving the harbor of the 21 year old drinking age and setting a course for the land of permitted drinking beginning at age 18. The author does finish with a positive message of the responsibilities that come with being allowed to drink alcohol three years younger than what the current drinking age law has been in place for many years.