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by Peter Moskos

August 19, 2008

Colleges: Drinking age 'not working'

Top university officials in Maryland - including the chancellor of the state university system and the president of the Johns Hopkins University - say the current drinking age of 21 "is not working" and has led to dangerous binges in which students have harmed themselves and others.

"Kids are going to drink whether it's legal or illegal," said Johns Hopkins President William R. Brody, who supports lowering the drinking age to 18. "We'd at least be able to have a more open dialogue with students about drinking as opposed to this sham where people don't want to talk about it because it's a violation of the law."

"How many times must we relearn the lessons of prohibition?" the statement says. "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."

The whole story by Stephan Kiehl in the Baltimore Sun is here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of the best comments about this issue that I have seen came from a Duke senior: "If you treat students like children, they're going to act like children." That about sums it up. In a society that has come to infantilize too many citizens, the drinking age is a particularly glaring example.