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What about University Life?

In Youth Rights on March 22, 2013 by edwinforyouthrights Tagged:

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

University life should be taken into account when a person speaks for a drinking age of 18. Opponents of that reasonable drinking age say that college students are not mature enough to drink responsibly because they only want to get drunk. There have been many articles on Choose Responsibility in which a young woman or a young man has died or had to go to the hospital because she or he drank too much. However, there are a large percentage of college students who don’t binge drink. Many universities have a bad culture when it comes to alcoholic beverages. There are solutions that can improve the culture, including a drinking age of 18. The drinking age of 21 has not and will never improve the culture regarding alcoholic beverages on universities.

The drinking age should be lowered to 18. If the drinking age was 18, then college students would drink alcoholic beverages in a supervised environment like in a bar or restaurant. My proposal for a drinking age of 18 would require that a person pass an alcohol education course to buy or purchase alcoholic beverages. With this knowledge, most university students would know better than to binge drink. Keeping a minimum age of 20 to purchase a keg will also help in this regard. In the first month of the academic year, young women and young men binge drink more because of a lesser academic work load. The solution here is to ban alcoholic beverages for all undergraduates from the first move in date until a month later. What about fraternity or sorority parties? Some universities have a person who heads a sorority or fraternity to keep things in check. There’s no need for daily monitoring by university police or other officials to keep things in order.

Most young women and young men are mature enough to drink alcoholic beverages responsibly. I think that many people treat colleges like boarding schools so they treat the students as if they were in boarding school. That’s wrong and this encourages ageism against college students. The bad culture at many colleges towards alcoholic beverages can be significantly improved if a drinking age of 18 is set and if some other things are implemented. Universities would have a better time with campaigns to encourage alcohol responsibility. University life is not exclusionary to responsible drinking.

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2 Responses to “What about University Life?”

  1. Last year, I read an article on Choose Responsibility about binge drinking at the beginning of the academic year. I thought a month-long ban might work but it wouldn’t work. For young women and young men who are inclined to binge drink, Frosh Week would get it out of their system. If was in university, I would have little interest in Frosh Week activities and I would always be responsible with alcoholic beverages. The majority of women and young men are like this. Programs like AlcoholEdu know how to achieve its purpose.

  2. I agree with virtually everything you said in this post, but the part about banning alcohol for college students during the first month is probably not a good idea. All that will do, at best, is delay the binging (for those so inclined) to a point when the academic workload gets heavier, which will needlessly increase flunk-out and attrition rates while doing nothing to curb truly abusive drinking practices in the long run. If there must be students who go nuts while releasing pent-up demand, I think that the least worst time to do so would be during the first week or two of the year when the workload is lighter. (In Canada they call it “frosh week”) That way they will get it out of their system well before midterms roll around. And yes, I am speaking from experience.

    The best way to reduce the so-called “college effect” on heavy drinking would be through programs similar to this one:

    http://alcohol.hws.edu/hws.pdf

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