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If I'm going to be honest here, my first taste of alcohol wasn't on my 21st birthday. Just ask my parole officer (Hi Mike!...buh-dum-CHING!). And I'll bet for many others, it wasn't either (I just hope your parole officer is as nice as Mike).

The U.S. has one of the highest legal drinking ages in the world but is it too high? That's the question being brought up in a national debate that was spurred on in part by a group of 100 college presidents from the nation's largest universities.

The group, called the Amethyst Initiative, wants lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 and says that current laws actually encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus.

The movement has its opponents, of course. Mothers Against Drunk Driving says lowering the drinking age will lead to more fatal car crashes.

There's also another debate going on among legislators in states like Kentucky and Vermont, in which they argue that the drinking age for military personnel should be lowered. Old enough to fight in a war, old enough to have a beer is the thinking behind that movement.

But what I want to know is what you think. I'm working on a story about both the pros and cons of lowering the drinking age and I want to know what you think about this issue.

So feel free to email me at or call me at 361-580-6514 and share with me your thoughts.