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.