By Tim Kowols
Three Wisconsin lawmakers hope a bill being circulated in Madison not only lowers the drinking age, but slows the rate of binge drinking in the state. According to the USA Today, Reps. Adam Jarchow, Cindi Duchow, and Rob Swearingen are proposing lowering the drinking age to 19, commenting that the move could save time and money enforcing current laws and potentially limit the rebellious nature in those under 21. Door County Deputy Director of Human Services Cori McFarlane says she sees both sides, but her experience working with those suffering from alcoholism makes it hard for her to support the change.
Alcohol is already prevalent among teenagers according to McFarlane, saying at least 60 percent of students have had a drink and 50 percent have used an illegal drug before their senior year. The bill lacks the support of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and could take a toll on the federal dollars used to maintain roads, which was a factor when Wisconsin decided to raise its drinking age to 21 in 1986.