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  •  Even if some college & university presidents (1+ / 0-)
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    want the drinking age lowered, why would it have to be by 3 years? A lot of 18 year olds are in high school. There is still so much brain development that happens at that age where kids grow out of acting impulsively into a more mature way of thinking. A lot of 18 year olds aren't good drivers even when sober.

    It seems to me, if you now have a situation where older college kids buy alcohol for younger college kids, you'd create some real problems lowering the drinking age to 18 because then you'd have older high school kids supplying alcohol to young teens. I guess I'm not seeing the upside to this but maybe it's because I have teenage daughters and I'm not a college president.

    I just saw a quote from the college president who started the push and he said drinking rates haven't declined in young people since the law was changed.

    The Debate On Lowering The Drinking Age

    This is what the former president of Middlebury College in Vermont, John McCardell, believes and it's why he started the movement dedicated to lowering the age back to 18. It may seem counterintuitive, but he argues that lowering the age will make kids safer.

    It's like the old days of prohibition: from the suburbs to college campuses to inner cities, kids find ways to get around the 21 year old limit. As McCardell puts it, it's so widespread, it's the norm.

    "This law has been an abysmal failure," McCardell told 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl. "It hasn't reduced or eliminated drinking. It has simply driven it underground, behind closed doors, into the most risky and least manageable of settings."

    That may have been the case for college kids but it is not the case for middle and high school kids. Underage drinking has declined.

    Teen Smoking, Drinking Rates Are On The Decline; Marijuana Use Is Up

    Lastly, the study found that fewer teens were drinking alcohol or binge drinking, putting teen drinking rates at their lowest since the mid-1990s, according to a statement. Although there wasn’t a definitive reason for this, the researchers cite that perceived availability of alcohol has been declining in recent years, especially in the lower grades.

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