On the face of it, the notion seems counterintuitive, but to the presidents of some of the nation's most prestigious colleges, it makes a lot of sense: Lowering the legal drinking age might get students to drink less.
But any chance for the academic leaders to begin a public discussion of their theory -- that allowing people as young as 18 to drink legally might promote moderation -- has been lost in a wave of criticism from health experts, transportation officials, government leaders and opponents of drunken driving.
Safety advocates say the legal drinking age of 21 saves about 900 lives every year. And Laura Dean-Mooney, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said: People look to college presidents "for their leadership role on their campuses. It just seems like they didn't do enough homework to look at the science on this."
I have argued and will continue to argue that there should be NO drinking age limit. At least half the reason teens drink is because it's another law they can thumb their noses at. I have always felt that getting rid of the drinking age limit would eventually lower the amount of alcoholism with teens significantly. And I have pointed to Europe where there is neither a age limit nor the problem with teen alcoholism that America has. Since I know that is not going to ever happen I say lower it to 18. Shit if Johnny and Joan are old enough lose their lives in Baghdad they are old enough to order a MGD.