This is a follow-up to my last post on leaving teens home alone. We had quite a response to that one so I thought this would be an interesting topic.
If you have teens, certainly ones in college, you probably have heard this term before. It is the act of partying before going out. Similar to tailgating at a sporting event, this was born out of the 21-year-old drinking age. They can't legally drink where they are going so they pound it before they leave.
Me? I was one of those who was genetically hardwired to puke my guts up after more than 3 drinks. I had a nice little anatomical governor that stopped me from ever binge drinking because puking to me was a fate worse than death. Seems today, puking is not all that big of a deal (ew). And 3 drinks is more like getting started than cutting yourself off.
I, for one, think that this legislation has done nothing but encourage teens to drink more in a shorter period of time. And to get fake IDs.
Great. So we solve one problem, drinking and driving (some will disagree with that) and we cause two more. Now we have binge drinkers who run the risk of having a record for having fake ID. Not to mention what happens if they are wasted and left alone somewhere with the wrong ID on them.
Seems I am not alone in my opinion. Enter the Amethyst Intiative. Here is a brief description from their website:
Launched in July 2008, the Amethyst Initiative is made up of chancellors and presidents of universities and colleges across the United States. These higher education leaders have signed their names to a public statement that the problem of irresponsible drinking by young people continues despite the minimum legal drinking age of 21, and there is a culture of dangerous binge drinking on many campuses.
The Amethyst Initiative supports informed and unimpeded debate on the 21 year-old drinking age. Amethyst Initiative presidents and chancellors call upon elected officials to weigh all the consequences of current alcohol policies and to invite new ideas on how best to prepare young adults to make responsible decisions about alcohol use.
Check out the list of 130 colleges and universities that have signed this thing. Pretty impressive list.
Thoughts? (oh, this should be interesting for sure)