Telluride Daily Planet: Lower Drinking Age?

Reilly Capps of Colorado’s Teluride Daily Planet interviewed a few local elected officials for an article on the drinking age in the Sunday edition of the paper. Check out what Capps wrote about Sheriff Bill Masters’ take on Legal Age 21: “From an enforcement perspective, the Sheriff thinks problem drinking is harder to enforce with a higher drinking age. Kids drink in secret, in the woods, to excess, and it’s hard for the deputies to police. He’s seen underage drinkers die from the culture of prohibition.”

2 Responses to “Telluride Daily Planet: Lower Drinking Age?”

  1. Edwin Says:

    18, 19, and 20 year olds aren’t “kids”, as many ageists say, but this age group will never again be “kids” because they’re adults. Since this adult age group is under an ageist drinking age, the drinking age must be lowered to 18 and to encourage alcohol responsibility, an alcohol education program must also be implemented. The sheriff is correct that the ageist drinking age encourages alcohol abuse, thus there’s no choice but to lower the drinking age to 18 with alcohol education. Don’t forget to comment.

  2. Andrew Says:

    I know that America hates to do what every other nation in the world does, like use feet instead of meters, drive on the left side of the road instead of the right, and make the drinking age 21 instead of 18. However, there are well over 6,000,000,000 people in the world and if 5,700,000,000 people believe that 18 is an appropriate age for people to consume alcohol, I think that the 0.05% of American’s in respect to the rest of the world just might be wrong.
    In addition, children from other countries are raised in homes where alcohol isn’t like the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden; it’s just a regular beverage. To youth in America, alcoholic beverages are sought after like coveted prizes. With the drinking age at 21 and such strict reprimands for under aged drinking our society is breeding generations of children who covet alcohol like some mythical elixir. It’s a badge of honor to score booze and drink it to excess. If the drinking age were 18 and our society didn’t glorify alcohol the way it does, then most young people wouldn’t be so driven to consume mass quantities of alcohol. Alcohol is not what is corrupting today’s youth, society is distorting alcohols image amongst under 21 year olds.