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The Drinking Age Debate
It’s never fair to make assumptions, but it is pretty fair to say that, for many college students, drinking and dorm life go together like, well, a martini and an olive. More than one-third of college students admit to binge drinking at least once during a two-week period, according to a study conducted last year by the American College Health Association.
That may be one of the incentives that lead more than 100 college presidents to sign a petition last month, asking for a debate about whether the minimum legal drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18. Their reason? “Twenty-one is not working.”
When it came time for health experts to weigh in on the proposal, some were left shaking their heads while others thought it may just be the ticket to lowering binge drinking amongst college students. Most health professionals agree that lowering the drinking age is a bad idea, citing an increase in traffic deaths, decreased memory capabilities and a tendency to develop an alcohol addiction as reasons for keeping the legal age at 21.
Choose Responsibility, the non-profit group who circulated the petition, says increased binge drinking rates amongst non-legal youngsters and proof that younger drinking ages in other countries have resulted in less alcohol abuse by teenagers are just a couple reasons why the decreased age limit might work.
Here is what we want to know from you: If you're old enough to serve your country, are you old enough to have a drink? [Los Angeles Times]