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8.9.08 03:57

News: College presidents reopen debate over legal drinking age

"Nearly 130 presidents and chancellors from American colleges and universities have signed a statement that addresses the debate over the current drinking age.
The group believes the debate should be reopened because the 21-year-old age limit on consuming alcohol isn't working.
Underage drinking is a big problem on nearly every college campus in the United States, but the debate on the 21 law's role in the issue is hotly contested.
The essential question is whether the current drinking age is working to curb alcoholrelated deaths and accidents and should therefore stay the same, or if a lower age limit would better serve our nation's youth, in part by helping them learn how to drink responsibly before they enter college.
..Adults under 21 are deemed capable of voting, signing contracts, serving on juries and enlisting in the military, but are told they are not mature enough to have a beer.
Cristie Chung, assistent professor in the Psychology Department, said while the issue is complicated, she agrees more with those who want to lower the age limit on consuming alcohol.
Aiden Thomas, a junior and the head Resident Assistant for Ethel Moore this year, thinks the drinking age should actually be raised, for physiological reasons. "It's unsafe to do until your brain is fully developed," she said, which doesn't happen until the age of 26."

(by Jennifer Courtney; The Campanil - Volume 92, Number 02; 09.08.2008)

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