The video posted above outlines the debate for lowering the drinking age in the US from 21 to 18. College campuses are rampant with students drinking illegally – and all are at risk. The number of alcohol related deaths has increased in recent years, and we have seen a crackdown on campuses regarding student safety. Even on Bucknell, fraternities have been kicked off and put on probation because of drinking violations, among other things. Stringent guidelines have been put in place at Bucknell to “register” parties, and yet these rules have backfired, as students have destroyed the downtown area known to Lewisburg locals as the “ghetto.”
Lowering the drinking age to 18 would make the act of drinking less of a taboo action for young people and allow them to be more knowledgeable about alcohol and its consequences by the time students left for college. More experience and more acceptance of it at home would result in an increased knowledge about the dangers of alcohol. There are certain drawbacks to the law, but the benefits far outweigh the costs as college campuses would be safer with more students understanding how to safely consume alcohol at a younger age. Money would not be wasted on town/campus police patrolling students’ homes for parties and illegal drinking. The current law of having to be 21 to drink is not effective, as we see those younger than 21 drink extremely frequently. College wouldn’t be thought as a place to go to drink because many would be able to legally drink before attending. A person can vote, sit on a jury, and go to war for their country at the age of 18. Why can’t they have a beer?