Wednesday, August 20, 2008

College drinking debate: 18 or 21?

This AP article was actually the subject of the Capitol Fax blog's question of the day. My entry at CapFax was that I didn't have a position I would have no problem with lowering the legal age nor do I have a big beef with current laws. Although I did say that people are willing to get a drink whether they are of the legal age or not. Still I was suprised to see a certain school mentioned in this article:
College presidents from about 100 of the nation's best-known universities, including Duke, Dartmouth and Ohio State, are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, saying current laws encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus.

The movement called the Amethyst Initiative began quietly recruiting presidents more than a year ago to provoke national debate about the drinking age.

"This is a law that is routinely evaded," said John McCardell, ex-president of Middlebury College in Vermont, who started the organization. "It is a law that the people at whom it is directed believe is unjust and unfair and discriminatory."

Other schools on board include Syracuse University, Morehouse College and Lake Forest College.
Morehouse of all schools would like to see a lowered legal age for alcohol consumption. Unfortunately one would have to travel far and wide for a drink at Morehouse. The school is basically dry, you're not supposed to have possession of alcoholic beverages on campus. There aren't any bars or clubs nearby although a lot of students go to clubs when the school week is out.

I don't have a big idea on this. People are already concerned about DUIs and DUI deaths. It would be appropriate to consider that if a college students wants to drink said student needs an education of some sorts. Hopefully that education comes before an accident happens or some unfortunate incident occurs.

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