Lowering Drinking Age Would Save Lives
George Will writes that we must consider the “counterintuitive” prospect that lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 would actually lead to fewer alcohol-related deaths.
McCardell, 57, president emeritus of Middlebury College in Vermont and professor of history there, says alcohol is and always will be “a reality in the lives of 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds.” Studies indicate that the number of college students who drink is slightly smaller than it was 10 years ago, largely because of increased interest in healthy living. But in the majority who choose to drink, there have been increases of “binge drinking” and other excesses. Hospitalizations of 18- to 20-year-olds for alcohol poisoning have risen in those 10 years.
Not only isn’t this counterintuitive, it’s patently obvious to anyone who has ever been on a college campus or, indeed, been 18.