This is, oddly enough, one of the newest and most interesting approaches to fighting alcoholism. The theory, as propounded by a surprising number of experts, including some police as well as university presidents who are part of the Amethyst Initiative, says it may be the best way to fight an unprecedented wave of binge drinking and similar problems among college students. Take away the legal barrier, and you ?ll take away a lot of the thrill and the incentive.
Or, as the police chief in Boulder, Colo., home to the hard-partying University of Colorado, told 60 Minutes: ?The abuse of alcohol and the over-consumption of alcohol and DUI driving…are the areas we’ve got to focus our efforts. Not on chasing kids around trying to give them a ticket for having a cup of beer in their hand."
After the jump, a few thoughts about lowering the drinking age and why I ?m writing about it.