“National Birthday Party”

“Ever since Congress passed the Uniform Drinking Age Act of 1984, turning 21 has become a national birthday party, in every state, in every community. “You go out, hang out with you friends, you drink a s*itload, and you throw up,” says one 21-year-old. “and if you don’t throw up then your friends didn’t do their job.”

–From GuylandThe Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel

 

2 Responses to ““National Birthday Party””

  1. Anthony Rhodes Says:

    This needs to STOP. NOW!

  2. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    The drinking age should be lowered to 18, as I always say. The drinking age in the U.S. means that when a young woman or young man turns 21, the culture of no alcohol responsibility continues. Because alcohol is treated as scarce when they were 18-20, a culture of responsibility for people who are 21 years old can’t form to overcome the alcohol abuse which happens when birthdays celebrate someone being 21. I do not approve of birthdays where alcohol abuse is expected but if the drinking age is lowered to 18 with other restrictions that are designed to stop binge drinking or other bad behaviors, then such crazy birthdays will significantly go down. Supporters of the drinking age of 21 are wrong when they say that the drinking age significantly cuts down on bad alcohol behaviors. This means that another solution has to be found and Choose Responsibility has much of the answer.