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.
Since the states increased their drinking age to 21 in 1987, every citizen of this country between the ages of 18 and 20 have been oppressed by the very people elected to power to protect their rights. It is evident that the legal drinking age among Americans should be lowered to the legal age of adulthood, 18 years. At this age, any American can marry without their Parent’s approval and can move out of their guardian’s house and live on their own. Why are these adults deprived of their right to consume alcohol? A police officer unexpectedly arrived at a party where many young adults were drinking alcoholic beverages.
Additionally, a radical solution to this problem suggested by some is to lower the minimum legal drinking age. The minimum legal drinking age, or MLDA, has been in debate since the end of Prohibition when nearly all the States created a minimum legal drinking age of 21 years old. In 1970, over half of the States lowered the minimum legal drinking age but raised it back to 21 years old in 1975. Since then there has been a constant debate on whether the minimum legal drinking age should be lowered. There are many reasons that support the minimum legal drinking age remaining 21 years old, such as the decrease in the percentage of fatal traffic accidents for teenagers since 1975 and other social ills, most importantly, the likelihood of binge drinking in college students than people above the age of 21.
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.
Underage drinking is a serious problem for teenagers in the United States. In 1984 the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed by the federal government, which required all the states to raise their drinking age back to 21. According to the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that 21 law has lowered the number of accident and has saved 23,733 lives. Underage alcohol use is more likely to kill young people than all illicit drugs combined In the article, “There’s no benefit in lowering the drinking age,” by Robert Voas try to persuade the reader that lowering the drinking age can be dangerous for the teens . I agree with Voas statement because we should not lower the drinking age to 18 because drinking at underage harm brain development, leads to binge drinking, and increases fatal accidents.
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Drunk driving casualties is one of the factors that caused people to question the age of which someone is allowed to drink. Casualty caused by druk driving of the last 40 years. In the 70’s states lowered it to 18 due to the lowering of the reduced military enlistment and voting age. The community will say that raising the age of the drinking age to 21 reduced the amount of casualties caused by drunk driving but that is not true. In 1984 the drinking age was changed to 21 by the federal government any state that did not comply would lose 10 percent of their government funding.