President John McCardell made an appearance on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report
Thursday evening. The problems of underage binge drinking are no laughing matter, but this segment helps to raise awareness. McCardell brings up a good point that the problem is not simply one of drinking and driving. The current laws have driven drinking underground, thereby increasing the risks to our young people. Watch the clip and then visit Choose Responsibility's website for more information.
I'm one of those people who is old enough to have experienced having a drinking age that used to be 18 back in the 1970's. It was legal for me to drink until I turned 19 when the laws changed to 21. I used to have a drink in a pub or a restaurant but when the law changed, I got my beer from older friends and drank in secrecy in basements and in secluded places. Not what we wanted but having a right and then having it taken away was not something we felt good about. We were adults. At 18 the law considers a person an adult yet it's because drinking and driving is the biggest concern that America takes that right away.ReplyDelete
What this effort doesn't address is that by lowering the drinking age to 18 it will merely make alcohol that much more accessible to high school (and younger) kids. It pushes the problem from the colleges down to the high schools. The main difference here is - kids in high school typically are still under their parents or guardian's supervision whereas college kids aren't.
Come up with a way to deal with high school drinking and also come up with innovative ways to keep people from driving and only then should we consider lowering the drinking age again. Either that or make the legal age to be an adult in this country 21 for everything (voting, military, juries, and perhaps even driving). Not likely to happen but why is it the rest of the world (with a few exceptions) have drinking ages younger than America does? Are we really that different from the rest of the world?