21-Year Old Drinking Age Not a Wise Decision?

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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.

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  • by Suzette Location: Grand Junction on Mar 7, 2008 at 03:12 PM
    It would be great if the laws involving young adults had some consistency. Consuming alcohol at ANY age requires a responsible attitude, to avoid needless deaths, whether because of overdoing it, or driving under the influence. Schools, parents, churches -- all have a constant responsibility to discuss these issues and teach kids how to handle young adulthood. Why are children under 18 allowed to make serious decisions such as abortion ?? Yet young women and men over 18 can serve their country but are not allowed to drink legally? That's just plain crazy!
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