Drinking alcohol is as ubiquitous to college as textbooks and lecture halls. For many, alcohol consumption is the centerpiece of their social interactions. Unfortunately most college students feel they are invincible and do not recognize the damage to their bodies their alcohol consumption is causing.
In addition to the physical damage to organs like the liver, binge drinking in college gives students a good head start on future alcoholism.
Should Universities Have Their Own Drinking Age?
Unique drinking laws for universities. How attractive it seems, the opportunity to drink legally while polishing that paper or arguing with a fellow student about how to save the world! Yet not only do I consider this to be an ineffective idea, I think it's entirely counterproductive to the American idea — universal freedom — that it is intended to further. This is just a bad, bad idea.
There is movement afloat, albeit a ridiculous one, to lower the drinking age or remove it altogether. There is, of course, nothing new about this debate. The drinking age is perhaps the last great age restriction in America that warrants widespread criticism — at least until sixth graders awaken with the pressing desire to drive.
License to Drink?
Would it be OK for your teen to drink if they took an alcohol awareness class and understood the dangers of alcohol better? This is another ridiculously stupid idea!
As such, a number of systems have been already proposed for how to effectively reform drinking legislation. Some, like that supported by former Tufts president Larry Bacow, advocate for requiring a license to drink not unlike that required to operate an automobile, holding as a prerequisite that applicants take a class to better understand the risks and responsible means for alcohol consumption.
If they truly are aware of the risks of alcohol consumption and they could think logically, they would know they should never take a drink in the first place!