Drinking at 18

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Drinking at 18 If you look around at college parties it seems as if everyone is drinking. Actually you are probably right, but over half of those people drinking are also under the legal drinking age. Drinking is one of the main forms of entertainment for the typical college student. The only problem with drinking being the main form of entertainment is that half of the students in college or 20 years or younger. This seems to be a problem all over the country and a debate has started to see whether or not lowering the drinking age would be a reasonable solution to keep students from over drinking. Many leaders at different universities such as Bill Jordan, a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina, and Ruth Ings, a professor at Indiana University, believe that lowering the drinking age would solve many problems occurring at colleges today (Hochberg). Along with these leaders are the KU Senators at Kansas University who are trying to gain support from universities across the country for their resolution to lower the drinking at from 21 to 18 (Miller). In agreement with all of these people and groups are the underage students of these universities that feel rejected because they can not participate in what the rest of the older students on the campus are doing to enjoy themselves. There are also a few groups that are strongly opposed to lowering the drinking age such as Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Advocates). Virginia Attorney General Richard Cullen posses a good argument that if the drinking age is lowered then it would be easier for people to obtain fake ID's if they only had to look like they were 18 years of ... ... middle of paper ... ...Advocates Home Page. "Safety Advocates and MADD Respond to Coors Suggestion to Lower the Drinking Age." 11 Sept. 1997. http://www.saferoads.org/press/97/age21.html Ahern, Sheila. "Legal Drinking Age Leads to 'Arms Wrapped Around Toilet.'" Tribune Online @ marquette.edu. 1997. http://www.mu.edu/stumedia/tribune/archive/97-12-04-Tribune/content/v-legal.html Harper, Robert. "Alcohol Overdose Probed." Athens Banner-Herald (GA). 3 Oct. 1997. Newsbank (1997). Hochberg, Adam. "Carolina Drinking Age." National Public Radio.13 Dec. 1997. News: Domestic. Miller, Kellee. "KU Senators Encourage Lower Drinking Age." Student Publications Inc. 1998. http://collegian.ksu.edu/issues/v102/sp/n105/news/news-drinking-miller.html Wald, Matthew. "Tough Action on Drunken Driving Pays Off." New York Times. 26 Nov. 1997: A1. New York Times Ondisk. CD-Rom. UMI-Proquest 1998.

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