Women, teen girls binge drink On July 17,Congress passed a law that withheld federal highway funding from every state that continued to allow people under 21 to buy alcohol -- effectively forcing them to raise their drinking ages. Byfaced with this strong financial incentive and pressure from MADD, all 50 states and the District of Columbia had complied.
Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. William Cohan says campuses all across the United States are filled with students who are younger than 21 and drinking alcohol.
Story highlights William Cohan: Duke lacrosse players were drinking a lot when allegations of rape came up Cohan: More than half of college freshmen binge drink, and can become crude and aggressive Cohan: The drinking age of 21 is a national joke, students on campus violate law every day Cohan: We need drinking age of 19, no tolerance for drunken driving or binge drinking It's been eight years since a black exotic dancer in Durham, North Carolina, accused three white Duke University lacrosse players of rape, sexual assault and kidnapping at a party.
Whether you believe justice was adequately served -- without a trial, the North Carolina attorney general unilaterally declared the indicted players innocent -- one fact remains indisputable: A whole lot of underage drinking of beer and Jack Daniels was going on throughout much of that March day, badly impairing the judgment of the more than 40 man-boys in attendance.
This is twice the binge threshold.
William Cohan College and university presidents generally agree that binge and underage drinking are the single greatest problems facing their schools, in large part because of all the bad behavior -- including rape -- that results from excessive and acute drinking on campus.
Not surprisingly, Duke students are hardly immune to the epidemic of excessive drinking. In the first two months of the school year -- Duke's 75th anniversary -- 18 students were admitted to the emergency room with alcohol-related problems, 13 of whom were freshmen.
ability to analyze and provide logical support for personal beliefs rather than simply rely on your opinions. Communication and literacy skills ability to listen, speak, and write effectively, and be aware of your own communication style. Legal age to drink has change to 25 as of August As of August 2, legal age to drink wil be There has been controversy whether 21 is too young to make decisions. This was primarily because the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 in with the 26th amendment. A lot of states started to lower their minimum drinking age in response, most of this occurring in or Twelve states kept their purchase ages at 21 since repeal of Prohibition and never changed them.
James Clack, a student affairs administrator, wrote a message to incoming freshmen in August telling them not to be pressured "to become a dangerous drinker. If you want to major in alcohol, please go elsewhere.
Whether it also led the three indicted players to rape Crystal Mangum, as she said happened in one of the bathrooms, will never be known. But while the debate about that continues, the open question remains of how much longer we as a nation are going to continue to tolerate underage drinking on college campuses.
The drinking age of 21 is a national joke. Every college campus in the country is filled with students who violate the drinking law every week, if not every day, while university administrators turn a mostly blind eye.
And the IDs are pretty darn convincing. But it's all a farce, and does nobody any favors. For any semblance of hope that binge drinking, and its attendant bad behavior, can be curtailed on college campuses, Congress must act sooner rather than later to lower the drinking age to 19 years old.
That seems to me, as the father of two underage college students, the right age for drinking to be legal. By then, when most students are sophomores, one year of college will be in the bag, with the awkward but necessary social adjustments mostly accomplished. Instead of students continuously lusting after the forbidden fruit of alcohol and sneaking around furtively with bottles of vodka and rum and then quickly guzzling them in an effort to get limbered up to be able to "hook up" with one's peers, perhaps a more, shall we say, refined and responsible approach to alcohol can prevail on campus.
A drinking age of 19 would also mean that easily three-quarters of the students on a college campus would no longer be violating the law by either drinking on campus or in unsupervised homes off-campus. The crimes allegedly committed by the three Duke lacrosse players happened in a house off Duke's East Campus.
Needless to say, these off-campus binge parlors are not popular in the neighborhood. Of course, along with a lowering of the drinking age to 19, a zero tolerance policy must be put in place for anything approaching driving while intoxicated.
In Brazil, for instance, it is illegal to drive with even a trace amount of alcohol in the bloodstream; in the United States, the 0. Anyone caught driving with any amount of alcohol in their bloodstream should have his or her driving privileges suspended for at least three years. The night of the March 13,party was still six months in the future.
But the residents of the Durham neighborhood where student partying had ratcheted up exponentially over the previous years were already in open revolt.
They were sick of underage drinking, the late-night noise, the public urination and the intimidating presence in their midst of large groups of thoroughly inebriated college students.
They had asked the Duke administration and the Durham police to begin cracking down on the drunken and lewd behavior. This came up during Brodhead's interview.
One of the original signatories of the Amethyst Initiative -- a group that advocates lowering the drinking age to 18 and encouraging a debate among students, faculty and administrators about the responsible role of alcohol on campus -- Brodhead has long been working to confront head-on the drinking problem on campuses.
From his answers on public radio, it was obvious Brodhead knew he was sitting on a powder keg. Brodhead said "It's a challenge for everybody, and we can't make the problem go away by wishing it didn't exist. We can't continue to anesthetize ourselves.This was primarily because the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 in with the 26th amendment.
A lot of states started to lower their minimum drinking age in response, most of this occurring in or Twelve states kept their purchase ages at 21 since repeal of Prohibition and never changed them. Feb 10, · Updated February 10, , PM. Return the drinking age to 18 -- and then enforce the law.
The current system, which forbids alcohol to Americans under 21, is widely flouted, with disastrous consequences. Jul 16, · Dwight B. Heath knows what he is about to say will sound a little crazy to most people.
I think the drinking age should be changed to 18, because at 18 you are legally considered a adult. You can vote for your country because you are expected to be responsible and aware.
If you can be a legal adult you should be treated like one. Both a 21 year old and a 18 year old should have the privilege of doing all the same things. the legal drinking age should be changed to 18 for the fact that at the age of 18 is the age where boys and girls are considered adults.
It is when we are allowed to vote and when we are suppose to register ourselves so why not be able to drink. U.S. history of alcohol minimum purchase age by state. The alcohol laws of the United States regarding minimum age for purchase have changed over time.
This history is given in the table below. Last state to raise de jure drinking age to 21 American Samoa??? 21?