Agree It's not about protecting anyone. It's not about the "right thing" by society. It's not about protecting the youth. It's nothing short of guardianism for profit. Breaking any of these laws generates a good revenue stream from many parties involved. It gives cops a chance to enter youth into "the system" - becoming a customer if you will, using baited activites (like drinking and partying, what youth can resist?) and collecting plenty of fines as they go along. It's a great opportunity to collect from retailers for selling to minors as well as from the minors/their parents. Widely applicable crimes lend policing the relevence of existence that they so badly need (why eliminating crime is in fact a CONFLICT OF INTEREST to any enforcement agency), not as sweet of a plum as speed enforcement, but youth drinking is no unpopular or dying sport. It's not about eliminating crime, it's about processing more people as criminals and essentially forcing them by law to patronize the legal/court system, and the best bait for that are the lowest hanging fruits. Get the youth early and you'll likely have a customer for life.