UVM Panel

“Is the 21 Year-Old Drinking Age Working?”
Panel Discussion at the University of Vermont

September 20, 12:30-1:30, Frank Livak Ballroom at the Davis Center

Sponsored by the Center for Health and Wellbeing and Choose Responsibility
Refreshments will be provided

Have you always thought of the drinking age as a settled question? Think again! Come join in an open panel discussion of the issues surrounding the 21 year-old drinking age. In place for more than two decades, the 21 year-old drinking age has had profound effects on young adults, and on college and university communities across the country. This discussion will highlight the arguments on both sides of the question. Panelists include Jay Taylor ’10, UVM police chief Gary Margolis, executive director of MADD Massachusetts, and former Middlebury College President and director of Choose Responsibility. Vermont Cynic editor Austin Danforth ‘08 will moderate the panel. Please come prepared with your questions and opinions on this important policy question.

We hope to see you there! Contact the [CR] office at 802-398-2024 or email info@chooseresponsibility.org if you have questions about the event.

4 Responses to “UVM Panel”

  1. Zachary Morse Says:

    Ever since the U.S. changed the drinking age from 18 to 21 kids have simply become more resources full. If you are under 21 there are five ways to still get alcohol. #1 either take it from your parents or convince them to buy it for you. #2 convince someone who is over 21 who is willing to buy it for you. #3 get a fake ID one way or another so you can buy your own. #4 steal it from your place of work if they serve alcohol. And finally #5 go to Canada, Mexico, or any other country that has a drinking age of 18 or younger. One thing is for certain if the current administration would simply realize that kids are going to drink no matter what they try to do and really try to educate them instead of just trying to scare them with new and harsher laws and there form of education than more kids may chose to not drink. Another thing to consider many people simply want to drink because it’s illegal and they just want to do something bad. In my opinion if the current administration lowered the drinking age then people would become educated sooner and be able to make better choices later in life. Isn’t that what every one really want.

  2. Tim Says:

    Why not try to solve poverty or homlessness in the U.S. instead of worrying about something as stupid as how soon you can legally get yourself wasted? Like this issue even has any relavence in today’s society compared to so many other issues.

  3. Lew Bryson Says:

    Talk about how stupid and irrelevant the issue is at the funeral of an underage drinker. Lowering the drinking age is not about “how soon you can legally get yourself wasted.” It’s about trying to change the damaged drinking norms in this country in a reasoned, comprehensive way. It’s not as simple — or simple-minded — as just flicking a pen and saying 18 year olds can now booze it up. This is every bit as important and relevant as poverty and homelessness.

  4. Steve K. Says:

    Hey Lew, Tim’s right. Why not eradicate poverty, achieve cold fusion, protect the Earth from stray asteroids, and translate the collected works of Shakespeare into Swahili before lunch? Why worry about something as irrelevant as underage drinking?

    Smart guy, that Tim.