Pros And Cons Of The Legal Drinking Age

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Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) laws are defined as the legal age when an individual can purchase and publicly consume alcoholic beverages. The MLDA in the United States is currently 21 years and this has sparked quite a bit of controversy about lowering or even raising the MLDA. However, prior to the law being passed ,the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984, the legal age when alcohol could be purchased varied from state to state.
Approximately 1 in 4 students report academic problems from drinking, including skipping class, falling behind in class, doing bad on exams or papers, and receiving poor grades overall. In 2008, public health researchers conducted a poll in over 100 college campuses to determine if university presidents approved of the current Minimum Legal Drinking Age or MLDA law. They were appalled when majority of them announced their opposition to the legal drinking age of 21 and wanted it lowered to 18, Some felt that the law is counterproductive and drives students to binge drinking. However, most evidence shows the exact opposite. Based on research by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 900 lives are saved in a year because of fewer alcohol related accidents involving underage drunk drivers. Unsurprisingly, the current law actually does deter underage people from drinking until their 21st birthday. “More important, many youth who choose to drink do so less frequently, and with less intensity, than they would
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