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Officials from education, health care and law enforcement organizations will participate in an upcoming panel discussion on the Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA).
The program, hosted by the Student Affairs Division at St. Bonaventure University, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Building on campus.
The discussion will be educational and present pros and cons of lowering the MLDA age from 21. The panelists are:
Each panelist will give a short presentation, which will be followed by a question and answer session. Vito Czyz, director of Safety and Security at St. Bonaventure, will moderate the event. The public is invited. All attendees will be eligible for a $50 gift card from Good Times.
According to drinkingage.procon.org, all 50 U.S. states have set their minimum drinking age to 21 although exceptions do exist on a state-by-state basis for consumption at home, under adult supervision, for medical necessity, and other reasons.
Proponents of lowering the minimum legal drinking age from 21 argue that it has not stopped teen drinking, and has instead pushed underage binge drinking into private and less controlled environments, leading to more health- and life-endangering behavior by teens.
Opponents of lowering the MLDA argue that teens have not yet reached an age where they can handle alcohol responsibly, and thus are more likely to harm or even kill themselves and others by drinking prior to 21. They contend that traffic fatalities decreased when the MLDA increased.
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