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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 4, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Drinking-age debate

Lower drinking age to 18

Inga Manskopf’s recent debunking of the Amethyst Initiative and the idea that lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 might reduce binge drinking on college campuses ought to be debunked [“Keep drinking age at 21,” guest commentary, Sept. 30].

Manskopf represents an organization opposed to underage drinking [Northeast Seattle Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking] so she dutifully crams her commentary with facts to support her opinion.

Alcohol can damage a young person’s brain, but so can watching too much TV. In European countries with lower drinking ages, young people still binge drink.

No matter what the laws are, young people can be irresponsible about a lot of things. But even though 18-year-olds can legally do just about everything adults can do in the U.S., they can’t have a beer. This is just wrong.

Unless some of the other privileges of adulthood are rescinded until age 21, drinking beer and wine should be allowed.

The current drinking age deprives thousands of young Americans of their full legal rights as adults.

— Alan Moen, Entiat

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