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18-year-olds can vote. They can fight in a war. Should they be able to legally have a drink at the bar, too? Some colleges are asking that question.
130 college and university administrators, including six in Connecticut, have signed onto the Amethyst Initiative, calling on elected officials to review the minimum legal drinking age of 21.
They argue that current laws encourage an underground culture of binge drinking on college campuses across the country.
Critics of the initiative point to research that shows that easier access to alcohol results in, well, more drinking and an increase in the number of alcohol-related problems.
Does a lower drinking age make sense? Would it cut down on dangerous bingeing? Or, would it just get more kids drinking too soon?
Today on Where We Live, we'll talk about young people and drinking. We'll be joined today by university administrators and public health researchers. Join the conversation!
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