BC Heights: “On the Culture of Drink”

BC Heights columnist Joseph Pasquinelli took a hard look at the culture of toxic drinking at Boston College today, when he wrote that Legal Age 21 has contributed to a culture that “is not safe, responsible, or mature.” He observed how “weekend warriors are sent to the infirmary with alcohol poisoning. Others are ripping one too many shots and shot-gunning one too many beers. This usually results in our warrior, bent over a toilet or doing something he or she will regret.”

His answer to this persistent problem is fairly simple: change the drinking age. “If drinking were not illegal or a violation of policy for those under 21, there would be less instances of students becoming sick and behaving irresponsibly while under the influence. If drinking were legal, we could teach people from a younger age how to drink in a manner that is safe and mature…getting slammed out of one’s mind loses its appeal when it is not against policy to have a drink or two to end the day.”

He concludes his column with a call to action for students that implores them to take matters into their own hands by encouraging responsible behavior. Check out the rest of the column and let us know what you think in the comments.

One Response to “BC Heights: “On the Culture of Drink””

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. Binge drinking is a problem among too many university students. Joseph Pasquinelli is correct in that the ageist drinking encourages alcohol abuse by those 18-20 causing many young women and young men to go to hospital along with consequences, including rape. If the drinking age were lowered to 18 with alcohol licensing, then drinking alcohol by those 18-20 wouldn’t be viewed as radical because alcohol responsibility would instead be instilled.