“60 Minutes” Addresses Drinking Age

W&L Trustee John McCardell on "60 Minutes"

W&L Trustee John McCardell on "60 Minutes"

Washington and Lee Trustee John McCardell, a 1971 W&L graduate and former president of Middlebury College, was featured on CBS-TV’s “60 Minutes” Sunday night on a segment about lowering the drinking age. McCardell was interviewed by Lesley Stahl who also spoke with the head of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the chief of police in Boulder, Colo. If you missed the program, you can watch it on the CBS site here. McCardell is the head of Choose Responsibility, a nonprofit organization at supports changes in the drinking laws. He is also the moving force behind the Amethyst Initiative, a statement signed by 134 college and university presidents, including W&L President Ken Ruscio, to encourage a national debate about the drinking age.

2 Responses to ““60 Minutes” Addresses Drinking Age”


  1. 1 responce February 27, 2009 at 9:08 am

    i disagree with that because they can all generate the same affects… obviously just by different amounts. all colleges are extremely laid back when it comes to alcohol, and high schoolers shouldnt be able to drink so the law is fine in my eyes

  2. 2 slyram February 23, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I think the drinking age should be 19 for beer and wine and remain 21 for the hard stuff.


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