A [common sense approach to alcohol regulation](http://www.economist.com/printedition/displayStory.cfm?

Story_ID=653073) can be found in this week’sEconomist. An excerpt: Of course, defenders of the current drinking laws argue that they have savedthousands of lives. But if raising the drinking age to 21 makes the roads somuch safer, why not raise the age to 31? Or 51? Or ban alcohol altogether?

After all, it worked so well in the 1920s. Certainly, drunk-drivers shouldbe penalized severely. But there is no sillier use of the police’s time thantrying to criminalise a substance that has lubricated student life sinceuniversities were invented. And there is no simpler way of advancing libertyin America than to bring its drinking (and smoking) laws into line withcommon sense.