BU Today: 18 vs. 21

Caleb Daniloff and Colin Berghaus produced a feature story on the drinking age debate for BU Today, and the story was posted online earlier this week.

Daniloff interviewed [CR] President Barrett Seaman and Bill DeJong of the Boston University School of Public Health. When asked about the disconnect between the age of majority and the drinking age, Seaman said, “I think the main problem is the separation of adults from young people precisely at the time of their lives where they’re going to be drinking anyway.”

Check out the rest of the article and let us know what you think in the comments.

2 Responses to “BU Today: 18 vs. 21”

  1. Edwin Says:

    I will buy the long-sleeve shirt when available. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its important components. There’s nothing rational about using 21 as a mininum age because at 20 years, everyone is two decades old so adding a year is nonsense. It’s good that the article was released onto BU Today. DeJong is an ageist, with his attitude, he’s on the lost side of logic. Barrett Seaman knows that alcohol education with a drinking age of 18 significantly decreases problems associated with alcohol.

  2. Marshall Guthrie Says:

    Edwin, you are nothing if not consistent, and I’ll leave it at that.

    I think that both sides agree that problem drinking is just that: a problem. Where folks differ is agreeing on the best way to solve the problem. While I think there are peripheral arguments about the consistent application of the age of majority to be made, changing said application with regards to alcohol purchase and consumption is unlikely to do anything to stem the practice of problem drinking. Anyone who lives or works on a college campus already knows the law is largely irrelevant in terms of access to alcohol.

    What choose responsibility advocates is debate. Healthy, informed, dispassionate, multi-side debate. Assertions are made, contrary poistions considered, responses heard.

    Edwin, are you willing to engage in debate?