Binge drinking is a national epidemic that plagues even our nation's most esteemed universities. Its consequences affect not only the social aspects of college life, but the cultural and legal aspects as well. This paper introduces binge drinking, but also comments and expands upon the idea of a lower drinking age solving all the problems that accompany college binge drinking. This paper uses the views of John McCardell, founder of the Amethyst Initiative, as well as M.A.D.D., and many experts in the social policy field to frame the debate and provide sound evidence that a lower drinking age could possibly be the very solution the nation has been searching for. However, the main focus of the paper's argument is on changing the social and cultural perceptions of drinking i order to welcome the lower drinking age. Examples are used from Malcolm Gladwell's studies regarding the Camba tribe of Bolivia, Victoria Orrego Dunleavy's studies on Deviant versus Mainstream Behavior, and Rutgers' own Professor Richard Ludescher to support the idea that the drinking culture must be changed.
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