In a rare display of what I consider to be intelligence, college presidents from about 100 of the nation’s best-known universities are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18. It’s called “the Amethyst Initiative”* and I whole-heartedly support it and the reasons given behind it:
- The current law simply doesn’t work.
- Adults who can vote and serve in the military are considered to immature to drink.
- When adults under the age of 21 drink, it erodes their respect for the law.
- If you treat people like children, they tend to act like children
- People will drink whether it is legal or not, and drinking illegally is more dangerous than drinking legally.
- Even if the law stopped 100% of underage drinking, you would still have a problem when people turn 21 and start drinking excessively. Nothing is quite as sweet as finally tasting that forbidden fruit…
Hell, I’m all for lowering the drinking age below 18. Germany has a drinking age under 18 (16 I believe) and I do not see the evidence over there of binge drinking like we routinely see here. MADD thinks that the answer to drunk driving is a higher drinking age, but I disagree. It’s the cars that are dangerous more so than the alcohol. Let people drink at 16 and keep them from driving until 18, and I think you will see a decrease in drunk driving accidents (and accidents in general) over the current system.
But as we all know, alcohol is “evil” and cars are “a necessity”… Even though cars kill more people than drugs, alcohol, and firearms combined. (I’m probably double-counting drunk driving accidents)
*in ancient Greece, amethyst was widely believed
to ward off drunkenness if used in drinking vessels and jewelry.