We at Twenty-One Debunked believe that the answer is yes, that they are a unique generation that was likely affected differently (if at all) by the changes in the drinking age, and that studies that only look at them are outdated and obsolete for determining the supposed effects of lowering the drinking age in 2013. There are several reasons for this:
- Baby Boomers came of age at a time when America's drinking culture was very different, a fact that was true regardless of the drinking age.
- Baby Boomers (and early Gen-X) were more affected by lead poisoning that any other generation that is still alive today, thanks to the leaded gasoline (and paint) that was used when they were children. Lead is a neurotoxin that causes serious and often permanent damage to the developing brain, resulting in reduced intelligence, increased impulsivity, and arrested development. And changes in crime statistics and standardized test scores verify this fact.
- Baby Boomers were exposed to numerous other developmental toxins as well: mercury, PCBs, DDT, dioxins, fluoride, and many others. And they did lots of drugs as well.
- Baby Boomers, for whatever reason, were apparently raised to be rather narcissistic and self-important as a rule.
- Baby Boomers, regardless of the drinking age in their home states when they were growing up, succeeded in becoming the drunkest and druggiest generation in American history (at least since the Founding Fathers), yet they have the audacity and hubris to overwhelmingly support the 21 drinking age and other anti-youth laws.
- And most ironically of all, the Baby Boomers also became the wealthiest generation in American history despite screwing up the economy for everyone else (to say nothing about what is happening to our planet).
Let America be America again, and lower the drinking age to 18. If you're old enough to go to war, you're old enough to go to the bar. 'Nuff said.