Lowering the Drinking Age
More than 100 college and university presidents around the country have signed on to the Amethyst Initiative, a call for national discussion about underage alcohol use. The list includes the presidents of big-name schools like Ohio State University, Duke University and Johns Hopkins University. It also includes two local colleges. The signatories say the current minimum drinking age of 21 isn't working and they're concerned about their students' binge drinking behaviors. The release of the initiative has sparked national media attention and loud opposition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other groups. This week, join us for a conversation about binge drinking by college students, the minimum drinking age and what the Amethyst Initiative is working to accomplish.
Host Carson Cooper asks about the message sent by the University of Florida when its campus bookstore actively markets tailgating items and other drinking paraphernalia.
The panelists talk more about the culture of alcohol use in the United States.
After the show is over, our panelists stick around for a few more minutes and continue the discussion, talking about the importance of treating students once they get to campus, reaching children early in their education to teach them about alcohol abuse and the significance of the cultural shift needed to promote responsible alcohol use among students.
Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1
Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.
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