Canada considers raising legal drinking age - for guys
Three very distinct news streams collided to get me thinking about young men and alcohol consumption. One is the geopolitical drama that is playing out in Russia and Ukraine, both which rank in the top five worldwide for consumption of alcohol, according to the World Health Organization. The second, much closer to home, is a study from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) on drinking ages in Canada. The third is the spate of “rape culture” and other alcohol-related incidents at University campuses across our country.
Full disclosure: I grew up in New York City when the drinking age was 18. Of course people were also being drafted at that age into the U.S. military and sent to Vietnam, so there was a certain logic in treating 18 as the official entry into adulthood.
Does the drinking age for men need changing?