Pros And Cons Of Lower The Legal Drinking Age

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Following in the Path of Other Countries: Why the U.S. Should Lower the Legal Drinking Age Since 1984, the United States’ legal drinking age has been twenty-one, as stated in the National Minimum Drinking Age Act (NMDAA). Before this, age restrictions varied from state to state, ranging from eighteen to twenty-one. The age restriction was set at twenty-one when an increase in alcohol-related car accidents came about, and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) insisted on a change (Minimum Drinking Age). This change was made solely on car accidents due to eighteen to twenty year olds under the influence. When we reach the age of eighteen, we are automatically allowed to vote, serve in the military, serve on juries, and in some states: gamble, consent to sexual acts legally, and purchase handguns (Carpenter and Dobkin). At fifteen years, most states allow us to operate a vehicle with a guardian, later driving by ourselves at sixteen. Per the laws made for rights given at eighteen, this is the age when we become legal adults. The United States should model other countries and lower the legal drinking age to eighteen because it would reduce teenage rebellion, lower the risk to others on the road, and decrease fake…show more content…
This proves that it is the twenty-one year olds causing more alcohol-related car accidents, not the underage drinkers. Drinking and driving has been illegal since 1910, when New York adopted the law (The History of Drunk Driving Laws in the U.S.). Since most of underage drinking happens on college campuses, at houses, or before concerts, driving is imperative and is hard to avoid. Lowering the drinking age allows for eighteen to twenty year olds to drink responsibly at bars and restaurants where binge drinking is less common and alcohol intake is under
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