Dallas Morning News “Student Voices”: Lower the Drinking Age

Kelsey McKinney, a Dallas-area high school senior and “Student Voices” columnist for the Dallas Morning News, has seen the unintended consequences of Legal Age 21 firsthand. In her Sunday column, she proposed a potential solution to the problem of toxic drinking that she has witnessed among her peers: lower the drinking age.

McKinney spared few details in her column, and she cast the reality of alcohol in blunt terms:

“The current drinking age is not stopping underage drinking; it is simply causing it to become more secretive.

In that secret lies danger. Students treat drinking as a recreational activity instead of giving it the respect it deserves. Because they are unable to drink out in the open, they find ways to do it illegally – be that at parties or with fake identification.

Today’s young people, as a result of their underground drinking habits, have no idea how to consume alcohol with tolerance or wisdom. They have been taught to down as many drinks as they can in as short amount of time as possible.”

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

2 Responses to “Dallas Morning News “Student Voices”: Lower the Drinking Age”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. Kelsey McKinney is correct in that the ageist drinking age has caused young women and young men who are 18-20 to binge drink with leaving alcohol responsibility out. The drinking age of 21 hasn’t and never will encourage those 18-20 to drink responsibly because there’s no incentive for that since the drinking age is ageist. Universities are venues where the consequences of binge drinking take place, including the related problem of rape.

  2. Ryan Sweezea Says:

    If you want the drinking age lowered for these reasons, then legalize marijuana, give everybody a choice to be sloshed and confused, or dazed and confused. Same situation, different drug. Alcohol and marijuana are used throughout the united states, marijuana may be federally illegal, but there’s is no more danger with using one or the other. On top of that there’s a large portion of Americans who use both, between the ages of 12 and 99. All this hype to lower the drinking age, all you people must have been busted under age. Good luck, as long as marijuana is illegal, the dinking age will be 21. The only other option is prohibition completely, not gonna happen.