On the front page this morning, a coalition of 100 college presidents is lobbying lawmakers to think about lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18. The current law, they say, is not working – 40% of college students exhibit at least one sign of alcohol dependence or abuse – and it may be indirectly encouraging harmful binge drinking. (Click here for links to more statistics on drinking by college-age teens and 13- to 17-year-olds.)
The Associated Press story quotes Duke University sophomore Moana Jagasia, who grew up in Singapore where the drinking age is lower, saying, “There isn’t that much difference in maturity between 21 and 18. If the age is younger, you’re getting exposed to it at a younger age, and you don’t freak out when you get to campus.”
What do you think? Is the current law working? Should it be changed? Or should we be considering a graduated drinking law that, like its graduated driver counterpart, offers a how-to/how-not-to educational component and gives freedom gradually. Punch a button on the poll or click “comments” and share your thoughts.