A recent report quotes 100 university presidents advocating lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 to help eradicate binge drinking among students. How do you feel about that?

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  • I know 25 year olds who still binge drink, what would this solve??

    -- Posted by Notparis on Mon, Aug 25, 2008, at 2:55 PM
  • The reason university presidents favor a change in legislation is because of liability and enforcement. Universities don't want the bad press that comes with underage drinking, nor do they want to deal with arresting and disciplining students.

    -- Posted by Scott Johnson on Mon, Aug 25, 2008, at 2:58 PM
  • I don't drink near as much now that I am past 21... just not as fun as it was when I was doing it illegally. It could work...and it could not... All depends on the person.

    -- Posted by Kail on Mon, Aug 25, 2008, at 3:00 PM
  • If 12 yr olds are mature enough to be tried as adults in court then 18 yr olds are mature enough to drink. At 21, you're almost out of college before being legal. Makes no sense. Weve seen how alcohol prohibition worked and how marijuana prohibition works. Saying legal drinking will lead to driving drunk is like saying buying a gun will lead to shooting people. Only happens as an exception basis in both cases. Most young people I know that drink already are more responsible than those of legal age. They designate a driver or plan to not drive.

    -- Posted by helped_myself on Mon, Aug 25, 2008, at 5:28 PM
  • If 12 yr olds are mature enough to be tried as adults in court then 18 yr olds are mature enough to drink. At 21, you're almost out of college before being legal. Makes no sense. Weve seen how alcohol prohibition worked and how marijuana prohibition works. Saying legal drinking will lead to driving drunk is like saying buying a gun will lead to shooting people. Only happens as an exception basis in both cases. Most young people I know that drink legally already are more responsible than those much older. They designate a driver or plan to not drive.

    -- Posted by helped_myself on Mon, Aug 25, 2008, at 5:30 PM
  • By lowering the age to 18, we would start seeing high school seniors who would be legal age - thereby making it easier for those who are underage to obtain alcohol.

    I just don't see how this could possibly be a good thing. As Scott said below, this is a calculated move by the university/college system to reduce their own liability. It's a simple case of looking out for self - without regard to the possible resulting consequences.

    I do remember when the drinking age was raised to 21 back in the 80's. Have the reasons it was raised disappeared over the years? Somehow, I don't think society has changed that much.

    -- Posted by Chunky_Monkey on Tue, Aug 26, 2008, at 6:37 AM
  • I believe that whether or not someone drinks has more to do with how they are raised rather than their age & availability. There are, of course, always exceptions to that. But, if they are old enough to serve their country...As far as providing the alcohol to their peers during HS -- there are parents doing that now. Penalties need to be stiffer and the ties that bind law enforcement from enforcing the law need to be loosened in those circumstances.

    -- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Tue, Aug 26, 2008, at 9:15 AM
  • The older drinking age makes sense, when you think of how many students are 18 when they are a senior in high school. An 18 year old still needs a parent/guardian to guide and direct them through life. I understand where individuals are coming from when they say if you can serve your country, you can drink - I also think that 18 is to young to be over in another country killing and witnessing what they witness over there - but that's another story. Drinking age - 21 - keep it!

    -- Posted by granny58 on Thu, Aug 28, 2008, at 1:58 PM
  • This has pretty much nothing to do with what they're saying it will help solve, i.e. "binge drinking." Rather it's about them being held liable legally in accidents involving underage drinkers. Maybe that makes me a cynic, but that's quite alright with me.

    This is an inextricably stupid idea. All it will accomplish is shoving the problem of binge drinking from colleges and universities to high schools. Notwithstanding my opinion regarding the absolute failure of programs like D.A.R.E., primary schools have enough of this to deal with already on their own; they don't need any more problems being brought on by colleges being either too lazy or too inept at curbing the problem themselves.

    -- Posted by jlees on Mon, Sep 1, 2008, at 8:21 PM
  • I agree with some of the others. I believe that if you are old enough to serve your country, get married, have a child, and work at a full time job then you should be old enough to drink and take that responsibility just like getting your driving license.

    I know that some people will jump all over this by saying that 14 & 15 year olds are having babies and that doesn't make them responsible enough to drink legally. I agree with that just as I know that there are 14 year olds out there with licenses who have no business being behind the wheel of a vehicle but they can legally drive. The same goes for persons over 21, being over 21 does not mean that they can handle alcohol. Just because you can do something legally does not mean you should or that you will.

    -- Posted by djmicheals on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 5:48 PM
  • Most high school kids have an older brother or sister or have a friend with an older brother or sister. If they want alcohol bad enough, they'll get it. It's been that way for years and probably won't change for years. The problem you should be worried about are the kids robbing your valium, xanax, oxycontin, vicodin, percodan, etc. for their little get togethers. After all, if you spent time with your kids and taught them right from wrong, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

    -- Posted by mistert on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 11:02 PM
  • I don't think this is a good idea as it will just make even younger kids be able to get it through other high school kids. I agree that if they want it, they will get it anyway...so what not just leave the age alone

    -- Posted by mover on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 12:17 PM
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