Last updated on: 9/10/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Amethyst Initiative Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
Reasoning:

“It’s time to rethink the drinking age… Twenty-one is not working.

…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. By choosing to use fake IDs, students make ethical compromises that erode respect for the law.

We call upon our elected officials:

To support an informed and dispassionate public debate over the effects of the 21 year-old drinking age [and] to invite new ideas about the best ways to prepare young adults to make responsible decisions about alcohol…”

“Statement,” amethystinitiative.org (accessed Sep. 10, 2010)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“[T]he Amethyst Initiative is made up of chancellors and presidents of universities and colleges across the United States. These higher education leaders have signed their names to a public statement that the problem of irresponsible drinking by young people continues despite the minimum legal drinking age of 21, and there is a culture of dangerous binge drinking on many campuses.”

“Welcome to the Amethyst Initiative,” amethystinitiative.org (accessed Sep. 10, 2010)

Mission:

“The Amethyst Initiative supports informed and unimpeded debate on the 21 year-old drinking age. Amethyst Initiative presidents and chancellors call upon elected officials to weigh all the consequences of current alcohol policies and to invite new ideas on how best to prepare young adults to make responsible decisions about alcohol use.”

“Welcome to the Amethyst Initiative,” amethystinitiative.org (accessed Sep. 10, 2010)

Other:
Voluntary association
Contact Info:
Phone
202-543-8760
Email
info@amethystinitiative.org
Website
amethystinitiative.org
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?