Commentary by John McCardell: “21 Doesn’t Work”

This morning, [CR] President and Founder John McCardell published a commentary on called “Drinking Age of 21 Doesn’t Work.” After laying the groundwork for a reconsideration of Legal Age 21, he concluded,

“Alcohol is a reality in the lives of young adults. We can either try to change the reality — which has been our principal focus since 1984, by imposing Prohibition on young adults 18 to 20 — or we can create the safest possible environment for the reality.

A drinking age minimum of 21 has not changed the reality. It’s time to try something different. It’s not 1984 anymore.”

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One Response to “ Commentary by John McCardell: “21 Doesn’t Work””

  1. Edwin Says:

    It’s not 1984, when Reagan signed that ageist law. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. Reality involves binge drinking deaths in universities because the ageist drinking age is encouraging alcohol abuse among those aged 18-20. Good Thing John McCardell sent a commentary to CNN to further the debate surrounding the ageist drinking age. There are two very sensible solutions that when implemented, will have great success.