BOULDER, COLO. (AP) _ The Police Chief of the college town where a 19-year-old died of alcohol poisoning said raising the legal drinking age limit to 21-was not a wise decision.
Police Chief, Mark Beckner, sent a letter this week to the City Council detailing an interview with CBS' “60 minutes,” where he was questioned about the 2004 alcohol poisoning death of Lynn “Gordie” Bailey Jr.
Beckner said he believes the level of drinking between the ages of 18- and 21- has actually increased since the 1980s, when the states raised the age. He says the higher drinking age has helped create an underground culture that encourages binge drinking without any oversight or supervision.
A police spokeswoman says the segment is scheduled to air this Spring.