Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Lowering Drinking Age

College presidents from about 100 of the nation's best-known universities, including Duke, Dartmouth and Ohio State, are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, saying current laws actually encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus.

The Associated Press: College presidents seek debate on drinking age.


If the objective is to control excesses is it better to ban something all together or legalize it and control it? It seems prominent US colleges have discovered that it is better to legalize drinking at a lower age and control it, rather than the current situation where it is illegal under the age of 21 driving many to excessive drinking in the dark.


If we ever get over the strong religious sentiments and politics in Kuwait it is easy to see the logic of such argument even though this is debatable, in the US as well. Because alcohol is banned in Kuwait, those who wish to drink pay a high price which hurts them economically, or use low quality substances or even drugs that cause bigger damage. Lifting the ban on alcohol in Kuwait at this point is difficult at best. More practical why not the government turn a blind eye on those bringing moderate quantities with them from abroad.

3 comments:

Grey said...

I remember the days when "non Alchoholic" beer ( mousy) was sold in black market , one can was 300 - 500 fills, best part was it was legal in Saudia then .

KTDP said...

..... it never hurt Europe ....

doeringer said...

Lowering the drinking age won't stop the binge culture on campuses. The binge culture is a result of social pressure.