Jamie Lee Curtis in the Huffington Post: “Blindsided by a Bottle”

This morning, in an op-ed for the Huffington Post, actress and children’s book author Jamie Lee Curtis reacted to the story of Matt James, a Notre Dame University football recruit who passed away last weekend after drinking heavily and falling from a fifth-floor hotel balcony while on Spring Break in Panama City Beach, Florida. She called her piece “Blindsided by a Bottle,” and asked, “is this truly what it means to be an educated young man or woman in today’s culture?” She then discussed some of the challenges posed by Legal Age 21, which prevents parents from taking an active role in educating their young adults about responsible consumption:

“I am a proud recovering alcoholic but I am not a proselytizer or prohibitionist. I am an alarmed member of the tribe. Here’s the conundrum. High school and colleges can’t really talk about drinking and counsel about it because it is illegal and it puts them subject to lawsuits if they discuss the safe and moderate consumption of alcohol. That means it is hidden, done in closed rooms, behind doors, to avoid being caught out in the social world with a bottle or cup of beer or liquor. They call it pre-gaming, consuming massive amounts of hard liquor in quick succession before heading out. It saves them money when they can buy liquor at clubs (where they give you little booze for mucho bucks ) when they get older and it saves them from being written up at school. Binge drinking is now a nationwide epidemic (PDFs). Student groups end up being the counselors because if adults talk about it they are liable.”

Check out the rest of her column and leave your feedback in the comments.

One Response to “Jamie Lee Curtis in the Huffington Post: “Blindsided by a Bottle””

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. The ageist drinking age of 21 is an infringement to free speech because women and men can’t talk about responsible alcohol consumption to young women and young 18-20 or girls and boys because of the threat of a lawsuit. The ageist drinking age of 21 encourages abuse of alcohol and because of its infringement on free speech, as Jamie Lee Curtis said, students are the counselors. Binge drinking is a big problem in the United States.