College Presidents on Drinking Age

When considering the idea of lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 or 19, I feel as though the “businesses” this affects most are colleges. The entire societal nature of college oftentimes revolves around alcohol and underage drinking, binge drinking, and alcohol are most likely a main topics of concern for every college president across the United States.

This Huffington Post article highlights many college presidents who are proponents for lowering the drinking age from 21 back to 18, while other presidents disagree. Those who are for lowering the age state that the law is constantly evaded by their students who feel that they are unjustly discriminated against and therefore feel that the law is not serving a just purpose. Others claim that college students will drink no matter what, and do so more dangerously when it is illegal for them to do so.

However, other presidents disagree, stating that the current state of drinking on college campuses has improved since back when the drinking age was 18 and that instead of pushing the issue aside, presidents should find ways to deal with the split community they have at their colleges.

I feel as though if this law were to ever change, college presidents would have a strong influence in the movement. They are a group of leaders whose jobs and daily worries are most influenced by underage drinking and it is interested to see that many of them agree that lowering the drinking age and increasing awareness at a younger age could go a long way to make drinking safer for those 18-20 years old.


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