I came across an interesting post over at the Boundless blog today referencing a recent Washington Post article in which the author blames excessive binge drinking by college students on the legal drinking age being so high (21). His argument is that we need to lower the drinking age to prevent such activities. I feel like this is extremely faulty logic for two reasons.
- If we lower the age limit of legal drinking, won’t that also lower the age of illegal drinking?
- How will making something more accessible encourage college students to consume it less frequently? Doesn’t this work against the laws of supply and demand?