In the United Kingdom, we have long viewed America's stringent alcohol laws with a sense of both mild amusement and confusion. It would see, to any sensible person, chopped-logic in the extreme for someone to be able to get married, drive a vehicle and serve their country in a theatre of war yet not be able to have a beer legally until they reached the age of 21.
Astonishingly, however, Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Health Minister and the country's Deputy First Minister has announced she is considering imposing US-style alcohol laws.
According to reports in the Scottish Herald today, local authorities are to be given the power to restrict sales of alcohol to those over the age of 21 in areas where underage drinking has proved to be a problem.
You can view the story here.
The proposed ban on under 21s buying booze follows a previous attempt by former Minister Cathy Jamieson who, back in 2005, attempted to introduce a ban on off-licences selling Buckfast Tonic Wine.
While Jamieson's plans were widely ridiculed, Sturgeon's plan may not prove to easy to stop - largely as a result of the outright majority her party has in the Scottish Parliament.
Have we really got to the point in this country where our devolved administrations feel the only way to tackle binge and underage drinking is to ban adults from consuming a perfectly legal product? Regrettably, that's exactly what appears to have happening.
If you live in Scotland, please contact your local and regional list MSPs to voice your opposition to Nicola Sturgeon's plans. You can find their details here.
Alternatively, if you'd like to make your views clear to Nicola Sturgeon herself you can reach her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0131 556 8400..