[CR] Week in Review

We hope you enjoyed John McCardell’s appearance on The Colbert Report last week – in case you missed it, here it is:

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The Report is a tough act to follow, but Stephen Colbert wasn’t the only person interested in the drinking age issue.  Robert Schlesinger of U.S. News and World Report posted some thoughts on the segment at his “Thomas Jefferson Street” Blog over the weekend. Michael Laskoff, a guest blogger at The Huffington Post, also wrote about the Colbert segment – he began by taking up some issues that are separate from the drinking age, but he closed with his take on Legal Age 21: “it’s perhaps time to admit that changing the law didn’t eradicate the problem; it made it just made it harder to see. Perhaps there is a better way. Maybe we should discuss it.” For more, here’s the latest roundup of stories from around the country:

Stories this week:

Jeffrey Miron, a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Harvard University, joined the Cato Institute for one of their Daily Podcasts a few days ago. The podcast is called “Drinking Ages and Highway Fatalities,” and during the segment, Miron talks about some of the work he has done re-examining the conventional wisdom on Legal Age 21’s relationship to drunk driving deaths. Listen here:
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Taylor Atkins of Kansas’ Topeka Capital-Journal examined some of the recent alcohol-related deaths on college campuses and asked, is a lower drinking age part of the solution?

Ball State University students Maricris Julie Taeza and Yang Zhang wrote an article about the Amethyst Initiative and the drinking age debate on campus in a recent edition of Indiana’s Muncie Star Press.

Elsewhere in Indiana, members of the Louisville Courier-Journal High School Round Table debated the drinking age this week. Check out the conversation in Sunday’s paper here.

In other news…

Mark Wellenbring, Director of the Treatment and Recovery Research Division at the NIAAA, participated in a “Science Club” interview with local metro blog DCist this past weekend. Check out the interview to read about Wellenbring’s work with the NIAAA’s new website and other topics, including his thoughts on the legal drinking age.

According to KAXN-TV, the city of Austin, Texas is looking to create some tough rules that are intended to cut down on dangerous drinking. The new ordinance is being protested by UT students and administrators – they believe “restrictions could encourage students to drive away from the campus neighborhood to party.” Read about the proposed changes here, and share your thoughts with us.

Did you catch a story that we missed? Post the link in the comments.

2 Responses to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 because that would be the correct drinking age. Although debate does give rise to solutions, there’s no substitute for direct action against the ageist drinking age. In addition, it’s obvious that the drinking age refuses to recognize the age of majority and encourages alcohol abuse by those 18-20. Finally, the solution is to lower the drinking age to 18 and implement the alcohol education program. Don’t forget to comment every blog you read.

  2. Robert Says:

    This is the type of exposure that we need. Most of the public has bought into bias stats that MADD have been peddling for tha last 25 years. The fact is that raising the drinking age has done nothing to get drunks off the roads. In fact it caused quite the opposite and drove underage drinking underground where over a thousand people a year die of alochol related reasons.