Legal Age 21 after 23 Years: Has it Worked? Is it Working?
The National Minimum Legal Drinking Age Act (NMLDA) has now been on the books for almost 24 years. During that time, we have had the opportunity to observe, measure, and experience its effects. Like most laws, the NMLDA has intended and unintended consequences. The purpose of this program is to explore those consequences in as serious, informed, dispassionate, and comprehensive a way possible, and to consider whether any change in the law, or any reorientation of public policy is warranted. This debate involves statistics, probabilities, charts, formulae, and tables. It also involves human lives. Every life lost to alcohol, in whatever setting, is lamentable, tragic. The goal of public policy is to create a safe environment. This debate will examine how effective the law has been in meeting these public policy criteria, and what Dickinson should be doing to address binge and underage drinking.
National Minimum Legal Drinking Age Act, Underage Drinking, Alcohol
Hurley, Chuck, and John McCardell. "Legal Age 21 after 23 Years: Has it Worked? Is it Working?" Ensemble video, 01:15:05. March 06, 2008. https://ensemble.dickinson.edu/Watch/j8Q2BkYs