Stephen Colbert Interviews John McCardell about Lowering the Legal Drinking Age

Last summer I blogged about how the presidents of more than 100 colleges and universities asked lawmakers to consider lowering the legal drinking age from 21 to 18.Then this month, comedian Stephen Colbert of Comedy Centrals satirical news show “The Colbert Report” interviewed the man leading the charge. John McCardell, the former President of Middlebury College, believes the current drinking age drives young adults to consume alcohol out of public view, putting them at greater risk.

Watch the clip (05:45) and tell me what you think. Do you agree with McCardell that the drinking age should be lowered to 18? Or do you think this would be a gigantic mistake?

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Update: July 1, 2009

Just came across this very interesting New York Times article stating that drinking among young adults under 21 has decreased greatly in recent years…except for those in college. A 27-year-old study shows that men between the ages of 18-20 who don’t attend college binge drink 30% less than they did when the study first began—but there’s been absolutely no statistical change in 18- to 20-year-old men who do attend a university! So perhaps its the college lifestyle—not the high legal drinking age—that’s causing so many young people to binge. Thoughts?

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    February 9, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    I have to do a research article if we should lower the drinking age. I would love to interview Mr. McCardell for my research project. In order for me to complete this project, I need his phone number, email, and address. If you know that, it would be wonderful if you could send it to me on email! Thank you!

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