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Recently, there has been considerable debate as to whether the legal drinking age should be lowered to 18. John Mc Cardell, former President of Middlebury College, has championed this cause via his website, http://www.chooseresponsibility.org, and through appearances on television and speaking engagements. Those in favor, argue that the current law has forced minors, particularly, students, to resort to illegally obtaining alcohol for consumption. This trend has escalated into the dangerous practice of “binge drinking,” commonly taking place in residential areas, sorority and fraternity houses, and other unlicensed locations. Moreover, the website highlights testimonials for proponents of lowering the legal drinking age.
Those opposed to this movement are groups such as, MADD (www.madd.org). MADD advocates their movement by citing declines in alcohol related accidents, increased negative public perception of alcohol abuse and damaging effects of alcohol on the maturing brain, as reasons to believe that the legal drinking age remain 21. As a result of the “status quo” position, they have initiated a heightened awareness in choosing a designated driver and honed in on group initiatives in public schools to educate students on the effects of alcohol.
This largely debated issue has created many opinions, so we want to know, what do you think?