Lowering the Drinking Age...WTAMU President Supports Discussion

Lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18....

The President of West Texas A & M University says it's a good idea and is encouraging lawmakers to make the change.

The Amethyst Initiative is being supported by about 100 of the country's university presidents, including two in the state of Texas.

Many university president's say lowering the drinking age will discourage binge drinking and rebellion from people under the age of 21.

But President Pat O'Brien says he is supporting the initiative because current laws are inconsistent and lawmakers need to revaluate the reasons why the law prohibits 18-year-olds from choosing to drink.

"From my perspective I see an inconsistency on national policy," says O'Brien, "According to our National Policy, and individual who is 18-years-old in the United States can vote. We also allow individuals who are 18-years-old to enlist in the military but for some reason we say individuals who are18 are intelligent and responsible enough to drink. That's an inconsistent policy and I think we ought to have a national debate."

But one WTAMU students says lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 will add to current university drinking problems.

Russell Brixey says, "I think you're going to have more problems especially with the freshman classes and people who aren't as likely to do it are now going to do it so you'll have more problems, I believe you'll have more problems with it."

Brixey says he disagrees that drinking is a right teenagers deserve.

"I was in the military for awhile," he says, "We had the same thing come up then if you can fight for our country why can't you drink, well it's a set time its a set age limit and it should be kept that way. People are going to do things but it doesn't mean its right. Where it's set now I think it's right."

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