Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Drinking Age

The Amethyst Initiative, launched last July, was a collection of college presidents and chancellors who have all signed a statement declaring that "an informed and dispassionate public debate over the effects of the 21 year-old drinking age" should be undertaken, because "adults under 21 are deemed capable of voting, signing contracts, serving on juries and enlisting in the military, but are told they are not mature enough to have a beer." They cite their unique experience of the college drinking culture as support for a re-evaluation of the drinking age.

Of course, MADD responded with castigations of fear and hyperbole.

ChooseResponsibility.org
has good, frequent updates weighing in on statistics and moral arguments for lowering the drinking age. I found this particular post interesting:

Research predicts that only two out of every 1,000 occasions of alcohol use by individuals younger than 21 result in arrest. Even with a five-fold increase in spending, enforcement officials would only raise the chances of catching underage drinkers 1% of the time.

1 comment:

Sam said...

How the hell did I end up in the 1%??? What bs.