yes. in europe, kids are allowed to experiment with alcohol at a much younger age. here, we keep getting more and more restrictive. i wouldn't be surprised if there were soon to be a move to raise the drinking age to 25. that's about the age where the brain is considered fully developed and we are better able to evaluate risk. it would also, in theory only, keep them drug-free all the way through grad school. which, who knows, might not be such a bad thing since the grad degree seems to be becoming the brass ring that the undergrad degree once was.