College Presidents Push to Lower Drinking Age

Drinking at 18 will reduce binging at school, they argue
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2008 7:18 AM CDT
College presidents across America have joined a campaign to have the drinking age lowered from 21 to 18, claiming the higher drinking age encourages binge drinking.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Presidents of 100 prominent colleges are behind an effort to have the drinking age lowered, from 21 to 18, claiming that earlier experience of drinking younger will reduce students' binge drinking in college. Presidents of Duke, Dartmouth, Ohio State, Syracuse, Tufts and Colgate are among the campaign's supporters, AP reports.

"This is a law that is routinely evaded," said the former president of Middlebury College in Vermont, who launched the campaign. "It is a law that the people at whom it is directed believe is unjust and discriminatory." Half a million college students suffer alcohol-related injuries each year.