New driver’s licenses in Ontario have an added feature. They identify when a young person turns 19, or is of the legal age to buy alcohol.
Though this takes the math out of checking ID, it does not solve related problems within our alcohol culture. Often teens use the ID of someone who looks a little like them, or they have an older friend or relative purchase their alcohol. Other times family members, even parents, supply the alcohol or it is taken from the home without their knowledge.
This speaks to the acceptance that surrounds alcohol consumption, even by minors.
Adding the date when a person turns 19 to licenses doesn’t hurt, but many times the problem with teen drinking starts at home.