Penn State Debate Society recently addressed questions surrounding the drinking age:
Andrea Hetrick (freshman-psychology) spoke as the Prime Minister for the “government” position and cited State Patty’s Day as an example of how the drinking age has proven to be unenforceable. The 586 students she said were admitted to Mount Nittany Medical Center on the alcohol-driven holiday was one of many statistics she used as evidence of a failed drinking age policy.
A central argument of the opposition was that those who can legally obtain alcohol often provide it for their underage friends, who are a few years younger in some cases. Trice said if the drinking age was changed to 18, when people are considered legal adults, alcohol would be passed down to 15- and 16-year-olds — an even graver situation than 19 and 20 year-olds who illegally obtain alcohol.