As I write this, the Colorado State Senate is all set to review a proposed change in the laws that would allow young people between the ages of 18-20 to consume alcohol with their parents.
The proposal, according to an article in the Denver Post, is being called the “Drinking With Dad” bill and is the brainchild of Republican Sen. Greg Brophy. It would allow for 18-20 year olds to consume alcohol legally when in the company of a parent at a bar or restaurant.
In a rapidly altering world where many young people considered adults by law are able to accomplish quite a bit, the United States remains one of the very few countries where people between the ages of 18-20 are considered too young to handle a legal drink.
Sen.Brophy evidently came up with idea to introduce his proposal after recently taking his daughter out to celebrate her 20th birthday, an evening affair in which she couldn’t have a drink with her parents because of her age, according to the Post piece.
And yet another recent Denver Post article quoted Sen. Brophy’s Facebook page in which he defended his idea by writing,””I think it is ridiculous that a soldier back from Afghanistan can’t buy a beer if he/she is 20. You can go to war for your country, vote for president — some even vote intelligently — get married, enter into contracts, but oh no, you can’t buy a beer.”
That is a sentiment I have heard quite a bit through the years, and not just from bummed-out 19 year-olds either. With nearly every single country in Europe and many other nations long following a minimum drinking age of 18, is it perhaps indeed time to question whether young American adults deserve that privilege as well?
Can we trust them enough to make the right decisions?
Or, maybe the bigger question should be, can we trust ourselves enough to help to guide them toward the responsibility of being the adult we legally claim them to be?
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