UT’s president still on the fence on lowering drinking age

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

AUSTIN -- A number of university presidents across the country are considering a campaign to lower the legal drinking age from 21 to 18. The president at the University of Texas is still considering whether to join those efforts.

More than 100 presidents nationwide are asking politicians to rethink the minimum drinking age, saying the “21 law” contributes to risky behavior among students. UT’s president says he is still getting input from students and professors on his campus.

"Perhaps then you would not feel compelled to drink the amount, the quantity at a given time. The flip side though, and I think this is very important, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are very concerned about drinking and driving fatalities related to lowering the drinking age," UT professor Dr. Kim Fromme said.

Proponents of the plan say you can vote, serve on a jury, and enlist in the military before you're old enough to drink legally. But others say, among other things, that the risks go up the lower that age is.

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  • by WONDERING Location: SHERMAN on Aug 26, 2008 at 09:30 AM
  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Aug 26, 2008 at 04:13 AM
    Somebody, I am confused. Your father was an alcoholic who would get you anything you wanted when you were 10 or 11, but yet when you were 14 your friend's parents had to call and convince your parents "they are churchy and christian(sic)?" Somehow, this story smacks of fantasy!
  • by somebody Location: somewhere on Aug 24, 2008 at 07:37 PM
    they may as well make it no legal drinking age. because even when i was 10-11 years old i had an alcoholic father that didn't give a d*** what i did. I could look at him and say dad can you go get me a bottle of hot damn and he would go to the liquor store and come back with it. there are many parents out there like that and that buy beer and throw parties for thier kids to drink. open your eyes people it doesn't matter if they have friends. they have parents or back in high school i had a friend, her dad was always wakeing mee up in the mornings with the question what kind of alcohol do you want for tonight. i lived over there pretty much and the nights i wasn't there he or his wife would call me (convincing my parents they are churchy and christian) and i would get on the phone and tell them what i wanted the next night. he made a breakfast that was pancakes and straight rum to drink before the church bus came to pick us up. I was 14 at that time. I'm 21 now!!
  • by Observer of the Obvious Location: Texoma on Aug 22, 2008 at 08:52 PM
    Once again, you folks totally miss the point. At 21, the US has one of the oldest ages for legal drinking. We also have more problems with drunk driving, college binge drinking...etc. Why? Looks like rather than doing your job as parents, you are looking to others to raise your children and instill values in them. Shame, shame, shame. You want our government to mandate every aspect of your and your families lives, yet would would scream bloody murder when someone points out that what you are doing is in fact moving toward a totalitarian state. Take some responsibility. Personally, I think that we would be better served if there was no legal drinking age, and that would force parents to at least act in their own homes on this one issue.
  • by Anonymous Location: Gainesville on Aug 22, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    Maybe they should raise the minimum age to join the military to 21. If everyone thinks anyone 18 is not mature enough to make a resposible decision to drink, how can they be responsible enough to defend our country?
  • by SE Location: Bryan on Aug 22, 2008 at 09:09 AM
    20 yr old, I read on MSN that keeping the drinking age at 21 instead of 18 saves an average of 900 lives per year-900 lives! Plus in 1984 Congress mandated a 10% penalty on highway appropriations for any state with a drinking age below 21. I really don't think states will want to lose highway funding so that 18 year olds can buy alcohol.
  • by Anonymous Location: Age 21 on Aug 22, 2008 at 07:30 AM
    I don't think the drinking age should be any age that you are still in High School. It would just make it that much more accessible to younger and younger teens.
  • by ? Location: madill on Aug 22, 2008 at 06:35 AM
    What about stiffer punishments for people over 21 buying for minors?
  • by John Location: Texas on Aug 21, 2008 at 09:35 PM
    The United States has the highest legal drinking age in the world. Are children are allowed to die in combat over seas, but they aren't aloud to enjoy a beer. It is ridiclious and should of stay lowered after Vietnam.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2008 at 04:13 PM
    I am a paramedic , we see the results of alcohol abuse all the time and it makes me sick to think that people really think it would be ok to lower the legal drinking age. It is bad enough already, why add to it. 18 is just too young.
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