Benefits Of Lowering The Drinking Age

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Why the Drinking Age Should be Lowered In the United States a large topic of discussion is the drinking age, should it stay at 21 or should the age be dropped. Somewhat recently the age has been changed from 18 to 21 and a lot of people want to be changed back. By 1988, all 50 U.S. states and the federal government had set the drinking age at 21 years of age, but is it time to lower the MLDA (minimum legal drinking age) to 18 years of age? Those who argue against lowering the MLDA claim that teens have yet to reach an age of maturity in which they can responsibly drink alcohol, and thus are more likely to develop binge drinking habits and endangerment of themselves and others by drinking prior to the age of 21. Those in favor of lowering the MLDA argue that the current MLDA doesn’t stop underage drinking and promotes binge drinking into private less controlled environments. Not only this, but lowering the MLDA strengthens the economy and can gradually expose people to drinking without overdoing it. Why did the MLDA get raised in the first place and how does it affect the public's mentality towards keeping the current MLDA? After prohibition was repealed by the 21st amendment in 1933, it was up to each state to set their own mandate for what the MLDA should be. At the time, most states set their MLDA to 21 years of age because the minimum voting age was 21 as well. But after the Vietnam War the debate to lower the voting age intensified as many argued that
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