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.
The lowered age also created problems between states. A blood border, which is named after the many accidents that happen on the roads going from one state to another, would be formed between states with a hi... ... middle of paper ... ...e minimum legal drinking age in the United States should remain at twenty-one years old. Since the National Legal Drinking Age Act was ratified, the consumption of liquor among minors has abated significantly. With the restriction in affect, the United States is definitely a safer place when it comes to alcohol use. Even though, the reduction of the drinking age would get rid of the taboo that surrounds alcohol which would result in fewer teens drinking just to be accepted by their peers, young adolescents now have a harder time getting access to alcohol due to the minimum legal drinking age resulting in less alcohol-affiliated problems and a decrease in damage to their bodies.
There are numerous problems involving alcohol in the world today, including alcoholism, drunk driving, and alcohol poisoning leading to death. Many of these problems involve minors and are linked to drinking underage. The legal drinking age in many states is twenty-one years old. The purpose of this law is to keep minors out of danger: away from drunk driving, alcohol poisoning, and injuring the brain before it is fully developed. The government supports the belief that people are not ready or responsible enough for alcohol until this age.
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 2009, about 10.4 million young people between ages 12 and 20 drank more than “just a few sips” of alcohol (Underage). The drinking age should be lowered to age 18 because teens are considered adults at this age, less people in jail for hosting underage drinking, and teens can be taught responsible drinking. Although there is a negative side to lowering the drinking age because it can cause more motor-vehicle accidents, greater chance for alcohol problems, and the health risk it can cause. There is also warning signs to look for in a teen that is drinking underage the age of 21. Teens that are 18 are looked as adults –Teens at the age of 18 are “adults” they can vote, go get married, serve for the country, go to jury duties, and move out on their own.
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.
The Prohibition Era, the time in American history in which the American government made the manufacture, transfer, or sale of intoxicating liquors illegal, lasted from January 16th, 1920 to 1933. The idea was that if alcohol was taken away that crime associated with drinking would diminish, this was not the case. Prohibition was not the original idea, governments originally pushed for drinking in moderation. (Thinkquest.org) After the Revolutionary War drinking was starting to become popular, to stop this from becoming a problem areas would push citizens to drink the many forms of liquor in moderation. After a many decades the movements didn’t want to push moderation anymore and started to work for the total prohibition of alcohol.
This is when another law was passed withholding highway funding to any state that l... ... middle of paper ... ... with it and underage drinking would not be such an issue. The debate on this issue has been ongoing since the drinking age was lowered in the 1970’s. The point is, no matter what, underage consumption of alcohol is going to happen with the minimum age it is at right now. The big controversies are the risks that are associated with the consumption of alcohol; however changing the drinking age did not make the death rate due to alcohol go down. “In fact, it is one of the most researched public health laws on the books.
Since then teenage drinking has only worsened, by forcing more underground and unsupervised drinking, making it more risky and less manageable. Minors began using and abusing alcohol, they were binge drinking and front-facing before going out for the night. In turn causing the number of off highway accidents and fatalities to rise. The MDLA (minimum legal drinkin... ... middle of paper ... ... by 35%, but did anyone teach them how to drink responsibly? We don’t expect teenagers to learn to drive by themselves or children to read and write by themselves, so why do we except minors to drink responsibly without being taught to do so?
America Must Lower the Drinking Age The current drinking age in the United States of America is 21. There are some people who agree with the current drinking age even some who think it should be raised. On the other hand, a number of people feel that the current drinking age produces more problems than it prevents (“Cross Fire”). The United States has unsuccessfully tried prohibition legislation not once, but twice in the past. These laws were eventually done away with due to the inability to enforce and the repercussion towards them that ended up causing even more trials and tribulations (Engs).