The Drinking Age Is 21. Period. End Of Story.

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The government of the state of New York does not want a debate:

The state’s top anti-drug-abuse official spoke out Thursday against a petition signed by 129 college presidents — including 11 from New York — to “rethink” the drinking age and consider lowering it to 18 again.

“The facts are that since these laws were raised to age 21, in New York state and across the country, thousands and thousands of lives have been saved. Period. End of story,” said Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, who heads the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

She cited National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics that found the 21 minimum-drinking-age laws had saved nearly 25,000 lives by the end of 2005, and the number of young people killed each year in crashes involving drunk drivers under 21 has been cut in half by the 1980s.

End of story? Can nothing more be said? Not even this?

3:08 pm on August 29, 2008