The university presidents who signed on to the "Amethyst Initiative" say the legal drinking age encourages a culture of dangerous, off-campus binge drinking. A government report says drinking by high school seniors has dropped by 25 percent since the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed in 1984. (It also notes that teen binge drinking is down.)
Now it's not surprising that many people under 21 would support lowering the legal drinking age, but would that stop binge drinking in the U.S., on or off campus?
(I don't have the answer to this one; you'll probably get a different take on it depending on whom you ask. I just want you to weigh in on the debate as someone who won't be 21 for awhile.)
Carl Azuz, Anchor