The government supports the belief that people are not ready or responsible enough for alcohol until this age. However, various professors and researchers are discovering ways to disprove this belief. These people think that reducing the drinking age to eighteen would influence our country in a positive way. Not only do minors support this idea, but there are numerous people and organizations that support the idea of lowering the drinking age as well. The current drinking law is counterproductive in our society because it’s not effective in eliminating underage drinking, and leads to unsafe situations such as drunk driving and alcohol poison instigated deaths.
A political problem that has been argued over since prohibition is the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA). This is a controversial subject because many believe that the legal drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18 years old. “In the 1970’s the 26th amendment was passed which lowered the legal voting age, this caused 30 US states to lower their MLDA to 18, 19, or 20 which left 14 states with a MLDA of 21 by 1982” (Minimal Legal Drinking Age, 1). But reports later showed an increase in teenage car accidents in states with a lower MLDA; these states soon changed the MLDA back to 21. One of the biggest pros would be that the age of 18 is the age of adulthood.
As a nation, we have tried prohibition legislation twice in the past for controlling irresponsible drinking problems. This was during National Prohibition in the 1920’s and state prohibition during the 1850’s. These laws however, were found to be unenforceable and caused other social problems. Today, we are repeating history and making the same mistakes that occurred in the past. Prohibition did not work then, and prohibition for people under the age of 21 is not working now.
Most states in the 1970’s had a legal drinking age of 18, 19, or 20, the majority of those being 18 years of age. According to Daniel N. Allen, M.A., David G. Sprenkel, M.A., and Patrick A. Vitale, Ph. D., changing the age limit for one to consume alcohol in the eighties was a failure in its mission to control drinking and lower deaths from alcohol related automobile accidents. Statistics hav... ... middle of paper ... ... and to preserve our meticulous way of life. When the government is not protecting the rights of its citizens, reform is most definitely required and so it is needed here.
Why We Should Lower the Drinking Age to 19. Retrieved from http://www2.potsdam.edu/alcohol/YouthIssues/1046348192.html#.U2ri9ctOXIU
1970 to 1976, 30 states lowered their drinking age to 18 because of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment. This amendment granted 18-20 year olds the right to vote and also during that time the draft of Vietnam War was enacted for 18 year olds. If you can fight for your country you should be able to pick whom you are fighting for. The same idea was in place for the drinking age, if you could die for your country, you should be able to drink a beer. Years after the drinking age was lowered, studies started to claim that the states that enacted a lower drinking age had a rise in fatal car crashes for people in the age group 18-20.
Even though underage drinking is illegal, many young adults still drink because the higher age restriction is impossible to completely enforce. In the past the United States tried to pass the Eighteenth Amendment to ban all drinking, but it was repealed because it didn’t successfully stop anyone from drinking. In this way, teenagers will still consume alcohol. I can also personally attest to this because as a high school upperclassman, I have heard my peers discuss the times they have gotten drunk with friends countle... ... middle of paper ... ... restaurants and bars, and alcohol use by young adults can become more responsible. It is important that people consider lowering the drinking age because every year thousands of people are killed through alcohol-related traffic accidents, and a great number of people are affected by these tragedies.
On January 16, 1919, Prohibition took effect in the United States (“Jan.” par. 3). With the start of Prohibition, many people thought that sales would increase. Miserably, the opposite happens and sales dramatically decrease. Prohibition, also known as the Noble Experiment, because many people did not know what would happen if American were alcohol free (Lerner par.
Sure teens drink less often than adults but when they do drink they definitely drink more than adults. This practice is known as binge drinking. These harmful and unsafe activities that many teens are engaging in definitely prove the argument that the Minimum Legal Drinking Age 21 lowers the number of underage drinking wrong. If, as adults, people have the right to serve on juries and make major decisions that can influence a whole nation, then at 18 people should be able to consume alcohol without having to worry about breaking the law. Lowering the drinking age to 18 would encourage people to drink responsibly and it would reduce traffic accidents that are caused by people driving under the influence.
In 1984 the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was enforced raising the legal drinking age to twenty one. This was done in hopes of lowering the rate of alcohol related vehicular accidents. This would prove to be a tough act to follow as alcohol just so happens to be the drug of choice among the youth. With the arguments growing over whether to lower the drinking age, Americans fear the trickling effects this would have on fam... ... middle of paper ... ...hs or more. The laws for purchasing and consuming alcohol were put in place because of statistical studies, facts, and experiences by Americans effected by this substance.