College presidents from some well-known U.S. universities are lobbying lawmakers to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. The current restriction, they say, encourages binge-drinking, which has become a problem as of late in college towns. The thinking is that exposing students to alcohol consumption at a younger age will allow them to acclimate to drinking before they get to campus and "freak out," as one student quoted in the article put it. MADD, unsurprisingly, opposes the whole idea, citing studies that show that raising the age from 18 to 21 actually saved lives, albeit from drunk-driving accidents rather than the alcohol-poisoning deaths administrators are trying to curtail.
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