(all politically views aside) The legal drinking age set to 21 because it is recognized that young adults often have poor judgement in some areas. But in most states kids are given medical decision making ability at age 16 which, includes counseling. I certainly don't want to impose laws to lock people up because I disagree with their life choices but, it certainly seems like there is a huge population out there that is not being served because the standard for getting help is set so high that there has to be imminent danger before anyone can intervene. I see no legal reason why they can't have a graduated age of majority if mental health treatment is needed. I know, I know, forced help seldom works. When my daughter is thinking clearly she is a completly different person and often gets angry that I didn't do more to help. But she's over 18 and I can't do more. Her last counselor said the longer she stays in this environment the more this "false bravado" personality will become engrained in her. It just breaks my heart to see so many kids and their families going through needless pain. I just hate accepting there is no solution.