Drinking with your children

August 21, 2008|By Dwight Heath

The news this week that more than 100 college presidents, including top university officials in Maryland, want the legal drinking age of 21 to be reconsidered has sent shock waves through the state and college campuses nationwide. Opponents in Maryland called the announcement irresponsible and dangerous, with state Del. William A. Bronrott labeling it "the dumbest thing in the world to do."

But drinking alcohol itself is not the root of the social, legal and physical problems attributed to underage drinking. Rather, it is heavy, excessive drinking among teenagers that is causing most of the problems.

dwi ght_heath@brown.edu.

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