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John McCardell (former Middlebury College Pres.)and his movement to lower the drinking age to 18 continues to get press. The latest on CNN.

I do think MADD has done a lot of good. The entire designated driver idea was created by them. They’ve saved thousands of live at least with that concept. I completely disagree with them on the 21 drinking age though. It’s clear that it hasn’t stopped underage drinking at all. It’s only made it unhealthier by pushing it underground.

From the article:

Research has found more than 40 percent of college students reported at least one symptom of alcohol abuse or dependence. One study has estimated more than 500,000 full-time students at four-year colleges suffer injuries each year related in some way to drinking, and about 1,700 die in such accidents.

Check out McCardell’s website at

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I got going on the beer topic and kinda left it hangin’ (thanks Rob for reminding me).

A day or so after writing that post, I received a mailing from

It’s an organization founded by former Middlebury College President, John McCardell. Their mission is to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. They have some unique ideas like a “learner’s permit” for consuming alcohol.

I really believe in this cause and think our entire approach to alcohol is misguided. I really recommend checking out their site.

Old enough to serve (go to war), but not enough to get served (a beer).

How does that make sense?