Archive for the 'Testimonial' Category

Testimonial #4

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

“As the father of 11- and 13-year old girls, I am trying to educate my daughters about the distinction between enjoying and abusing alcohol, and the dangers of drinking and driving. I applaud your approach. (Of course, I don’t have my girls drinking yet, save for the sip of the ceremonial Kiddish wine at our Shabbas table on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.)”Similarly, we should educate youth as to the distinction between the use and abuse of at least some of the drugs that are now illegal despite their low potential for harm, e.g., marijuana in particular, and arguably the psychedelics. Used properly and in moderation, such drugs can be valuable aids to relaxation, increased self-awareness, and sensual enjoyment. By teaching kids about the proper use of the relatively benign drugs, we may be able to keep them away from the clearly dangerous ones (e.g., crystal meth., crack cocaine, heroin.).

“It is my understanding that Britain has far more lenient laws than the U.S. regarding teen drinking. I’d be curious how the teen drunk-driving rate compares.

“Keep up the good work. It’s time for American to move away from its Puritanical approach to booze, drugs, and sex, and to view these subjects realistically, i.e., as legitimate adult activities. We teach our teens how to do advanced math, drive cars, and fill out college applications. It’s time we teach them practical adult skills like how to enjoy alcohol, drugs, and sex safely and responsibly.”

Mark, Attorney at Law

Testimonial #9

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

“I am an American but was educated abroad in England as well as in the US, both of my parents are American, but have lived extensively in other countries. Alcohol has ALWAYS been acceptable in my family and I have never had a problem drinking with my parents or with not being allowed to drink. I think that the laws in America are irresponsible and inappropriate. I feel very strongly about changing them, to the point where I would love to be involved with your group and any other who has the same values as I do. Having lived in a country where the drinking age was 18 for a bar, 16 at a restaurant, and no questions asked when you are with your parents, I can tell anyone that there is a huge societal difference, and one is very clearly better than the other. I think it is socially irresponsible for Americans to have such a high drinking age when it’s clear to everyone that people are not waiting until 21. That is simple stupidity. We need to not turn a blind eye to underage drinking, we need to change it and teach teenagers responsible drinking. Obviously drinking and driving is a problem and I personally feel it is exacerbated by the high drinking age and not helped. I know many kids who have been caught for DUI’s and I can tell you that a part of that is due to the fact that they have to hide their drinking from their parents, and as they can’t tell them they need a ride for being drunk, they just drive home. I’m not saying changing the legal age will fix drinking and driving, but obviously having the drinking age at 21 isn’t changing anything either. I just want to thank you all for making a group about this and making change a possibility.”

~Arianne Staples

Testimonial #18

Friday, February 8th, 2008

“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

Testimonial #2

Monday, September 24th, 2007

“I just read the article in Newsweek Magazine about your organization. I agree 100%. I am a 65 yr. old Grandma who grew up in NY State when the drinking age was 18 and I have always agreed with that age. I can’t believe that there isn’t more support for lowering the drinking age. Kids just need to grow up in a world that displays responsible drinking habits. Adults can make this happen!”


Testimonial #20

Friday, September 7th, 2007

“Underage drinking and the futility of Legal Age 21 has been a concern of mine for 20 years — since I saw the negative impact on my own college campus. I attended a small liberal arts college in the mid-1980s. When I began college (in Pennsylvania) in 1984, I believe the State had recently adopted Legal 21. However, the college administration and campus police turned a blind eye to drinking on campus as long as parties were not out of control, students were not drinking and driving, and other illegal activities were not occurring. This situation presented inherent contradictions — an object lesson in “some rules are made to be broken”. However, the social life was balanced — light social drinking occurred in public, and friends and older students kept an eye on those that might have a tendency to abuse alcohol. There was alcohol abuse, but not nearly as much as began to occur during my senior year, when the “crack down” began. The “crack down” was largely driven by insurance companies, who, scared by a few alcohol related deaths on some campuses, threatened to pull policies or increase premiums if colleges didn’t have strict no tolerance policies for alcohol. I watched as the social life degenerated to include small groups binge drinking behind closed doors, then wandering around looking for large (now largely non existent) social activities or just never making it out of their dorm rooms — often adding illegal drugs to the alcohol binges. A few years after I graduated, we had our first alcohol related death on campus.

“I studied at the University of Bremen during the summer of 1986. If I recall correctly, the legal drinking age was 16 at the time. People certainly enjoyed their beer in Germany, but, despite attending many social events, I never encountered a chugging contest, people doing “shots”, and certainly no drunk driving. Binge drinking was completely “uncool’ there — certainly not a part of the student culture.

“It is inexplicable to me that the same federal government that courts 18 year-olds to join the military, carry a gun, and die for our country doesn’t trust them to handle alcohol responsibly. Am I to believe that the young Marines completing basic training celebrate with a tall skim latte?

“You have inspired me to take some action. This week, I am attending a fundraiser for major donors of my undergraduate alma mater. I intend to discuss this issue with the most senior college official at the event (hopefully the college President) and will direct them to your web site if they aren’t already aware of your organization. I will also alert my Congressman and Senators of this issue the next time they solicit a donation from me for their reelection campaign.”


Bethesda, MD