The news is constantly talking about the binge drinking culture and related problems. Personally I think binge drinking has always existed (older people forget how much they pished it up!) and will never change and that raising the drinking age to 21 would unfairly penalise those hard-working 18 years olds who actually have a job and just want to chill out at the end of the week. Price is another issue - I wish I could drink in a pub as cheaply as the media makes out - lager is not cheap either are soft drinks - its just those alchopop style drinks that are. My thought is that if we banned alchopops it would force people back to the more traditional beers and spirits thus slowing down their drinking rate and alleviating the problem But hey I'm not a politician - cutting back on opening hours and raising the drinking age seem sexier to them!!!!