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  1. No age limit, less binging. No need to cram it in, no cool factor, etc.

    Comment by David — 08/19/2008 @ 12:12:53 AM

  2. The binging argument never held up for me. You don’t have to be underaged and in a restrictive environment to over-indulge — I know 40-somethings who can’t control themselves.

    I’m sure there’s research that supports whatever you want to accept. My own college days offered both versions: My freshman year was on a campus with lax enforcement of underaged drinking, then an incoming new dean enforced a crackdown for the subsequent 3 years. No sudden uptick in binge drinking.

    Comment by CT — 08/19/2008 @ 09:59:59 AM

  3. I’m being more conceptual, maybe leaning on my sociology studies ;)

    The people on campus were still under the same laws, still lived under the same age restrictions, lax or not.

    It’s like someone who grew up with really, really strict parents - they go to school, can do what they want and suddenly go wild. We’ve all seen that case study.

    But live in a place where there’s no “omg you’re not allowed to drink yet!” and there’s few who base everything they want to do around doing something taboo. (Almost) anything you’re not supposed to do becomes cool, especially to the younger set.

    Comment by David — 08/19/2008 @ 01:30:40 PM

  4. One thing: The argument against going back to 18, by MADD and others, relies largely on the drunk-driving numbers. That’s pretty limiting — we’re talking about college campuses, where a good chunk of the population doesn’t drive.

    Comment by CT — 08/20/2008 @ 11:03:34 AM

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