Drinking: When should it be “OK?”
Manchester students stage debate Dec. 3
The legal drinking age: Is it too old? A panel of Manchester College students will debate the 18-or-21 issue at an all-College convocation at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. The public is invited to the free program in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus.
In Indiana, the legal age is 21, but many students protest that the limit should be lowered to 18. At 18, people can enlist in the military, vote, smoke, and make other life-altering decisions. So why can’t they decide to drink?
On the other hand, 18-year-olds are often still in high school. Will more high school students start drinking if their peers can legally buy alcohol?
Eight Manchester College students will argue both sides of the issue, considering social and political consequences. Two students will advocate changing the drinking age, two will support keeping it at 21, and the remaining four will ask questions that challenge their positions.