[CR] Week in Review

In case you missed it, Glenn Reynolds’ proposal to President Obama about lowering the drinking age got a lot of attention on some prominent blogs: Megan McArdle of The Atlantic picked up the story, as did Peter Suderman at Culture11 and Jeralyn Merritt at TalkLeft. Check out those links for some lively discussion of the drinking age – they come from all corners of the political spectrum. For other news that flew under the radar, here’s the latest edition of the [CR] Week in Review:

Stories this week:

Mark your calendars, Connecticut [CR] supporters: The Wilton Library and the Wilton League of Women Voters are hosting an event called “Re-Thinking the Drinking Age: Is 21 Working? Is 18 the Answer?” on January 29 from 7:30 to 9:30 in the Wilton Library Brubeck Room. The Wilton Villager has all the details on the event.

On Wednesday, Federico Martinez of the Muskegon Chronicle wrote an article about the drinking age debate in his community and on college campuses in Western Michigan.

David Hottinger’s latest piece in the University of Wisconin’s Daily Cardinal talks about the mixed messages that college students sometimes receive from their parents about alcohol.

Wiktoria Parysek, an exchange student from Berlin at the University of Pennsylvania, discussed some of the differences between Germany and the U.S. in regard to attitudes about alcohol in her latest “Wiki-Pedia” column.

In other news…

Early this week, The New York Times had the details of a recent study done by Alexandar Wagenaar and researchers at the University of Florida on alcohol taxes as a deterrent to problem drinking. Higher taxes on alcohol might be controversial policy solutions, but Philip Cook considers them to be “less of an imposition on personal freedom than many other types of alcohol regulations that are intended to limit abuse, including the high minimum age.” What do you think?

On Tuesday, Join Together posted a research summary from UCLA about the potential health benefits of moderate consumption for older drinkers, noting that responsible drinkers “were less likely to suffer debilitating health problems than those who abstained from drinking and those who drank heavily.”

As always, send us a note in the comments if we missed anything.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    Lowering the drinking age to 18 is the most noble idea I have ever come across. Lowering the drinking age will be tough, but the drinking age must be lowered to 18, along with the alcohol program. There must be debate in order for this to occur whereby these debates must only include people who are willing to negiotiate on reasonable terms. There will be intense opposition, but oppression of 18-20 year olds based on stereotypes and fear must come to an end.