Drinking has become the pet topic all around. The topic regarding the legal age for drinking is hogging the limelight in all the newspapers and Media. Yesterday, I saw an hour long panel discussion in Times Now and Headlines Today condemning the logic behind the rule of over 25 years for drinking. Many argued that a citizen of India can elect and decide who is the next PM of India at the age of 21, but why can’t he drink at that age? Is he not mature enough? Thank God, I am over 25! Even Actor Imran Khan has suddenly joined the youth in protest against this rule. I remember the days when my father used to drink and come home from office during my school days. I would bury my head in shame when anybody talked about this. It is not as if my father was a heavy drinker. He drank occasionally, but it was those days when Drinking was a Social evil and people used to look down if they find some one having a drink. I could not imagine my college friends having a drink. Thank God, we are living in a far more liberal era, post 1991, where parents even take along children and share drinks with them. I was brought up in a boring era where Drinking was considered to be a Social evil. It comes to me as a culture shock when I happen to go to Family Bar-cum-restaurants (there are more of such bars only nowadays) and see families getting together to share a drink, even with small kids in hand. This kept me away from drinking. Now, I find that times have changed. People have become more mature and even Media is endorsing that Drinking is fine. Why not lower the drinking age to 18? I have seen families getting destroyed due to this drinking habit. As far as drinking being a social evil or not is concerned, I would like to ask only one question, would parents really like their children to drink or smoke? Do you really believe that drinking within permissible limits is actually healthy? Who will set these limits? Doesn’t this require a sustained campaign by good thinking individuals for weaning the youth away from drinking or smoking rather than setting absurd rules. Or should I say, that drinking is legal over 25, so should I drink? Give me an answer, so that I can decide.