St. Louis Beacon columnist on the Amethyst Initiative

St. Louis Beacon columnist and retired police official M.W. Guzy offered his take on the Amethyst Initiative this week, arguing that Legal Age 21 has had some dangerous unintended consequences:

“It is one of life’s eternal paradoxes that the young strive to appear older while the old want to look young. Young adults are going to drink. By outlawing this activity, we drive it underground where it is indulged in without the societal restraints normally associated with legitimate behavior.”

In the final section of the column, Guzy called for a graduated approach to alcohol and offered one potential solution to this problem of widespread, underground drinking:

“Perhaps a more nuanced approach should be considered. Maintain the zero tolerance alcohol level for under-age motorists but de-criminalize beer and wine consumption for 18-21 year olds who aren’t driving. Hardly a perfect solution, but a more sensible policy than pretending that what we’re doing works.”

What do you think? Leave your feedback in the comments.

One Response to “St. Louis Beacon columnist on the Amethyst Initiative”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. It’s good to see a retired police officer see the consequence of the ageist drinking age. Those 18-20 must be treated the same as other adults when it comes to drunk and driving, thus the BAC of 0.08 must be maintained for all young adults. The responsible consumption of alcohol by those 18-20 after completing alcohol education is a much better solution than the ageist drinking age. M.W. Guzy should give more support to his solution.