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Drinking Age Debate: Down To 18?

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Posted August 19, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

If we've learned anything from 1980s sex comedies, it's that college presidents are stuffy, stuck-up fools who take joy in nothing except ruining all the fun on their campus and protecting their hot daughter's virginity. So this morning's news is shaking our foundation: College presidents from Duke, Dartmouth, Ohio State and other schools have banded together to form the Amethyst Initiative, a group that aims to lower the legal drinking age from 21 to 18.

"This is a law that is routinely evaded," said John McCardell, former president of Middlebury College in Vermont who started the organization. "It is a law that the people at whom it is directed believe is unjust and unfair and discriminatory."

The Amethyst Initiative believes that lowering the drinking age will actually decrease binge drinking on campus; the idea is that if you're "exposed" to alcohol at a younger age, you're less likely to go nuts about it and overdo it. Other groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Women's Four-Square Bible Temperance Circle disagree with the idea.

We think it's amazing that 18 year-old citizens can vote, serve in the armed forces, buy property, etc. but not be allowed to buy a beer... but on the other hand, we don't want our bars clogged up with 18-year-old noobs. Unless they're chicks. What about you: Are you in favor of a drinking age of 18? Tell us in our comment section, you lushes.

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