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Do you think lowering the drinking age would help solve the problem of binge drinking?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 20, 2008

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Photo of Hannah Zachritz

“No. I think it’s more of a cultural thing. As long as it is seen as the cool thing to do, changing the law isn’t going to stop it.”

Photo of Eric Rowlands

“Yeah, but it depends on how much you lower it. It won’t be effective to simply lower it to 18. I think you would have to lower it to around 15, so that you are still under your parent’s supervision when you gain access to it.”

Photo of Julianna Keegan

“I do, because looking at other countries with lower drinking ages, it’s not off-limits to them so they don’t overindulge. It works extremely well abroad, so over time I think it would work here.”

Photo of Nick Cage

“Yes. I think it would help because it wouldn’t be seen as the forbidden fruit, and it would be a lot less tempting.”


dminear60 8 years ago

RETICENT_IRREVERENT: Didn't you know that Binge's birthday is this weekend?

jaycat 8 years ago

I think Binge will drink when evry he wants to.

nobody1793 8 years ago

Well, I guess taking 18 shots on your 18th birthday would be more responsible than taking 21 shots on your 21st...

sunflower_sue 8 years ago

do people really binge drink more than once? OK, or twice? (I'm a slow learner.) After "driving the bus" once (or twice), a person should get it through their thick head that it's just not fun. (Or very cool to witness.) I don't think lowering the age will help. We tend to learn more from our mistakes as we age. (Hopefully)

beatrice 8 years ago

Binge and Bender aren't identical twins, although they are the nicknames for the Bush twins. In England recently, they changed the time when bars needed to close, claiming that a later closing hour wouldn't encourage binge drinking. So far it hasn't happened and binge drinking continues. It is a falacy that they don't have binge drinking in countries with lower drinking ages. Raise the age to 23. That way most of the students will have graduated from KU before they are allowed to drink. Problem solved.

dminear60 8 years ago

Is there evidence that binge drinking increased after the drinking age was raised to 21?

Christine Davisson 8 years ago

thomgreen-i totally agree- they should all be one in the same wheter it be 21 or 18- 18 to drink, 18 to drive, and 18 to fight or 21

nobody1793 8 years ago

I've known plenty of 25-year olds who binge drank, and 18-year olds who didn't.

aeroscout17 8 years ago

Raise the age to 23 and the problem is solved? What kind of logic is that? The age is already 21 and that hasn't stopped ADULTS under 21 from drinking.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years ago

RET: "Binge drinking is a result of the failure to maintain a even continuous light buzz...."I don't think the kick with alcohol is related to any particular state.The kick comes from a change in state. One never arrives.It's a pursuit of the elusive along a downwardly spiraling path.

thomgreen 8 years ago

I would like to see one, ONE, age to determine legal adulthood. If you're old enough to die for your country at the age of 18 then you should damn well be old enough to legally purchase a beer. Ditto for driving.

Drew_Carey 8 years ago

200 pts to beatrice for the laugh of the day100 pts to R_I twice, just cause he hits the nail on the head without a building permit.

Dani Davey 8 years ago

I don't want most of the 18 year olds in Lawrence on the roads sober, let alone drinking.

idarastar 8 years ago

McDonalds is legal for everyone and people still binge eat on that artery clogging "foodstuff".It's the American thing to do. Do EVERYTHING in excess!

jonas 8 years ago

My wife brought up a point when I was talking about this with her, because I didn't think that it would make much of a difference, but taking the illegality out of the drinking for the young college crowd could potentially have an effect, because doing it illegally already puts you in a risky and sometimes dangerous frame of mind. Legal, it could be just another thing to do. It won't change it completely, of course, but it could have some impact.

Swayze_Express 8 years ago

"In England recently, they changed the time when bars needed to close, claiming that a later closing hour wouldn't encourage binge drinking."In the UK, they get kids as young as nine in the emergency room for alcohol poisoning. They changed the laws because the earlier laws were relics from WW2; but, like most everything Labour did, they went too far. If you want to know how much drinking goes on, check out And these were the people who are old enough to drink.As for the age limit, if there was conscription, then it would be different. No one is forcing anyone to join the military right now so the argument of "If you're old enough to die for your country at the age of 18 then you should ... be old enough to legally purchase a beer." doesn't hold water. Drinking is a privilege, not a right.

Trobs 8 years ago

There was nothing more irritating then spending my in the desert as a member of the military able to drink in a foreign country, then to come home unable to drink. Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran 2004-2005, able to drink since 2005...after I returned. That's sad.

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