The Swedish Alcohol Monopoly

Why is it that the majority of (adult) Swedes accept the fact that the government tells them when, how, and if they can consume alcohol? How stupid is the concept of being able to vote, drive a car, and go through the military service – but not to be able to purchase beer in the state run shops (Systembolaget) where alcoholic beverages are sold?

What message does that send to the youth? Sure, we’ll trust you with a 200 horsepower road monster (car) when you’re 18, but there’s no way we’ll trust you to be able to handle alcohol in a responsible way.. yeah.. rrright.