The Daily Beast on Alcohol Amnesty Policies

This morning, Daily Beast reporter Isabel Kaplan tackled the issue of amnesty policies by taking a look at the official rules on a few Ivy League campuses. She noted that at Harvard and Yale, alcohol-related hospitalizations have been rising, which could be evidence that students are taking advantage of these amnesty policies and calling for medical help more often.

She also spoke with [CR] President John McCardell, who told her that Legal Age 21 prevents parents and educators from teaching students about responsible safe alcohol consumption.  “The source of the problem isn’t the enforcement of the law. The source of the problem is the law itself.”

Check out the rest of the article for more comments from Dr. McCardell and let us know what you think.

One Response to “The Daily Beast on Alcohol Amnesty Policies”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. Every university should have a medical amnesty policy because the ageist drinking age encourages abuse of alcohol among those 18-20 because no requirement for licensing for alcohol consumption is not provided to that age group. John McCardell is correct in that the legal age 21 is the problem. It’s good that Harvard and Yale have medical amnesty policies to prevent injury and death because of binge drinking which is found among university students.