The legal drinking
age in the United States.
, the age was usually 18 depending on the state, but then in the 1980s President Reagan
created a highway subsidy program which basically bribed the states under the condition that the drinking age was raised to 21.
As a result, immaturity, irresponsibility, partying
, and bar
attendance increased by an additional 3 years, which continues to this day.
When you compare America to European countries which don't have a legal drinking age, you realize that this behavior is irreversible in the short term and thus no politician will ever lower the drinking age back to 18. Except the Libertarian Party
or maybe Ron Paul
I'm 21, I'm too old for getting drunk and partying. Time to get a job.
Hey, I'm 21, I can legally get Drunk! Let's Party!