A Case for Eighteen

Posted: April 7, 2009 by Nancy Mucciarone in Uncategorized
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Everyone has heard the arguments toward lowering the drinking age to 18. If you can go to war and die for your country, why can’t you drink a beer? In European countries, kids are introduced to alcohol at a very young age and don’t have much of a problem with binge drinking, so why wouldn’t that work for us? You’re legally an adult at 18, so why can you vote but you can’t drink?

My mom was always pretty lenient with drinking. It’s not that I was necessarily allowed to drink, but she always said she’d rather have me learn how to drink responsibly under her watch than never be exposed to it and go absolutely wild in college. She was right. How many people do you know that never drank in high school and got absolutely bombed the first weekend of college and had to go to the hospital? I can name at least seven.

As you can probably already tell, I’m an advocate of lowering the drinking age to 18. And it’s not just because I’m not 21 yet and just want to be able to legally buy alcohol and go into a bar.

The scene of the crime...

The scene of the crime...

As probably everyone in the Syracuse area knows, Maggies got raided on Tuesday night. Police estimated that probably about half of the people in the bar were under 21, and 87 citations were given for underage drinking, possession of fake IDs, and passing back IDs.

At the very same time of the bar raid, just up the street, my friend was getting his car window smashed and having his GPS stolen. Why were there no cops around to catch the perpetrator? Because 24 cops were at Maggies, busting 20 year olds for sipping on a beer. I cannot even begin to fathom why, in a place like Syracuse, which is in the 91st percentile for crimes in the United States, such a high number of cops were wasting two hours in a college bar trying to catch underage drinkers.

People may argue that due to drunk driving, police HAVE to intervene if people are drinking underage. But what doesn’t make sense is that the college students at Maggies were just going to walk back to their apartment or dorm.

People may argue that since the drinking age is 21, the police are REQUIRED to stop underage drinking. On a campus like Syracuse, however, the drinking is never going to stop. If students can’t go to the bars, they are just going to find somewhere else to do it, whether it be in a frat, in a house party, or in their dorm room. In these places, there most likely is no one sober around to monitor and cut off someone who has had too much. At a bar, however, the bartenders are required to cut off whoever is clearly too intoxicated, and thus save a potential disaster.

Yes, I know the law is the law. But sometimes it gets to a point where maybe the law should be changed. Maybe cops should use their time valuably to stop serious crime instead of wasting hours in a pointless bar raid.

~ Nancy Mucciarone

  1. Katie says:

    I got a better idea. Let’s outlaw drinking completely! I hear that went really well in the ’20s.

  2. Liam says:

    God damn I hate Maggie’s

  3. Police priorities are really fucked up. Police officers exist to keep the community safe, not to intimidate people into doing exactly what the government wants. They may be paid to enforce the drinking age, but that doesn’t mean it’s their job. Police officers are not “required” to enforce the drinking age any more than accomplices are “required” to commit whatever crimes they are paid to commit.

    The drinking age is discrimination. What the cops did was a hate crime. They harassed people who were minding their own business just because they were young.

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