Their reasoning is that binge drinking “has become a significant health issue.” Binge drinking is exacerbated by the difficulty students under 21 have in getting access to alcohol. Removing the “forbideen Fruit” mystique from alcohol may, they argue, lessen its attractiveness.
WInkler suggests that “The presidents should also have raised important questions about deeper problems in our society that lead so many to find escape from reality through alcohol.” He also recommends the campaign against alcohol advertising in college sports, linked here.
Expecting young people to be responsible just because they can buy alcohol legally is naive. Expecting them not to drink just because they aren’t old enough to buy for themselves is also naive.
Winkler hits the nail on the head by steering the matter toward the desire to “find escape from reality through alcohol.” We are a society on a quest for an escape from reality; whether it is alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, chocolate, fried fatty foods, or a “rapture.”
What the church, followers of Jesus, the people of the Kingdom of God, have to be offering is a way of living in the world that doesn’t need escaping.