Pro to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
"As a former college president, I have joined with many of my colleagues to advocate lowering the minimum drinking age from 21 to 18, because we believe the 21-year-old limit has created, rather than solved, problems. America’s earlier experiment with prohibition was a notorious failure. Yet in 1984, America again enacted prohibition on a more limited scale, becoming one of only a handful of nations in the world with a minimum drinking age of 21. I believe that our 30 years of experience with prohibition for young people has been a serious failure as well.
There are a number of arguments against the 21-year minimum age. Foremost, in my mind, is the dramatic rise in binge drinking among young people since the 1984 change — with its consequent danger to health and safety. When it is legal for an 18-year-old to drive, marry or serve in the military but illegal for him or her to drink a beer, the illogic of the situation is patent. As a result, the overwhelming response of young people has been, not compliance, but contempt for the law. By outlawing moderate use of alcohol in appropriate social contexts and with adult oversight, we have driven more drinking underground, where it has taken the very dangerous form of ‘pre-gaming.’ The ‘under-age’ drinker, no longer permitted the occasional beer during a dance party, is now more likely to chug high-octane alcohol in dangerous quantities before heading off to that party. As a result, alcohol use has become more, not less, dangerous."
"Raising the Drinking Age to 21 Has Been a Disastrous 30-Year Experiment," www.nytimes.com, Feb. 10, 2015
Experts Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the minimum legal drinking age; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in the minimum legal drinking age and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Interim President, College of Wooster, May 2014-2016
Senior Fellow, Council of Independent Colleges, 2012-present
Chair, Board of DirectorsCouncil of Independent Colleges
President, Kenyon College, 2003-2014
Former Dean, Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Teaching and Learning, Princeton University, 2001-2003