Testimonial #18

“While in college I decided I wanted to help create a society where alcohol is used but not abused. I believe that the legal drinking plays a large role in how our society treats alcohol and that the current age causes abusive drinking. I also believe that the legal drinking age is a decision that should be left to the states as they can each experiment to determine the correct alcohol policies.

“A driving factor in my desire to change the legal drinking age may be the fact that I was arrested and forced to spend a night in jail because I was caught consuming alcohol at the age of 20. My friends and family get a kick out the fact that this Eagle Scout, altar boy, high school valedictorian, and otherwise very well behaving young man spent a night in jail for something that would have been completely legal if I had been 5 months older. They especially enjoy the fact that I walked directly from jail to church, as I never miss mass. I also fight for a lower drinking age because I can see how differently my friends and I treated alcohol before we were 21. The law didn’t prevent us from drinking it only reduced the number of occasions to drink. This meant that when we did have access to alcohol we consumed all that was available as we weren’t certain when we could drink again. After we were 21 we knew we could always obtain alcohol and quality became much more important than quantity. If drinking became something that we are taught rather than being pushed underground I believe fewer young people would drink abusively.”

~Adam Stephan

2 Responses to “Testimonial #18”

  1. Roman T Solohub Says:

    Adam,

    You said: “If drinking became something that we are taught rather than being pushed underground I believe fewer young people would drink abusively.”
    You are exactly right! If only more people would acknowledge that it is much more productive to teach our young adults how to drink responsiblly than to criminalize their activities, we’d be well on the way to a solution.

    Roman T Solohub
    Author
    Clear Thinking When Drinking: The Handbook for Responsible Alcohol Consumption

  2. Mark Says:

    I remember one time reading about a 20-year old soldier in uniform (just returned home from war) who was arrested just because he was holding a beer.

    It’s incredibly hypocritical to say that a 50 year old alcoholic can buy alcohol because he is old enough (read: mature enough), but a 20-year old graduate student cannot because he is too immature.

    Don’t forget that Rosa Parks was jailed too. Just because it’s a law doesn’t make it right.