Young Adults, Iraq, and the Drinking Age

On Monday, Chuck Goudie of the Chicago-area Daily Herald noted that 1/3 of the soldiers who have been killed in Iraq are members of the 18-21 age group. To date, approximately 4,200 US soldiers have died, meaning about 1,400 of them were 21 or younger. Additionally, according to a 2005 report on US Army demographics, over 16% of active-duty service members are under the age of 21. Young adults serve the country in large numbers every day, and some of them sacrifice their lives in doing so – why does prohibition make sense for them?

Read the rest of Goudie’s column here.

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