Orange County college presidents oppose plan, which backers say would reduce law breaking by those under age 21.

Students from Chapman University will appear on the “Dr. Phil” show Friday, discussing a national movement that seeks to lower the legal drinking age from 21 and create “drinking licenses” for 18-year-olds.

The show’s producers “selected a group of Chapman students and will be interviewing them throughout the year,” said Chapman President Jim Doti, who is also on the pretaped show.

At least 130 college presidents to date have signed the so-called Amethyst Initiative, launched in July, which supports the proposition that 21-and-up drinking laws don’t work, encourage law-breaking and don’t control teenage bingeing.

“Under Legal Age 21, fewer young people are drinking, but those who choose to are drinking more,” one argument on the initiative’s Web site reads.
Should 18-year-olds be able to get licenses to drink?

Yes — after all, they can go to war at 18

No — that’ll just add up to more problems for everyone.

I don’t know — don’t they drink anyway?

I don’t know if I’m just getting old or what, but I think this is ridiculous?!

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