Lowering the U.S. National Drinking Age from 21?

    Lowering the Drinking Age. The Amethyst Initiative, led by former Middlebury College president, JOHN MCCARDELL, urges a “dispassionate public debate” of lowering the national legal age from 21. Over one hundred university and college presidents have signed on. We speak with MCCARDELL and GEORGE DOWDALL, who is against lowering the drinking age. Dowdall is a Professor of Sociology at St. Joseph’s University. His upcoming book is called, “College Drinking.” And we bring BRANDON BUSTEED, Founder and CEO of “AlchoholEdu for College” and “Outside the Classroom,” into the discussion to talk about online alcohol prevention programs.
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