Should the Minimum Drinking Age Be Lowered

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Tayrin O’Rand 14 March 2012 Should the Minimum Drinking Age be Lowered? The minimum drinking age became a hot topic ever since it was set to twenty one years old. It is a law not everyone welcomes with open arms, one that has the most impact in the lives of adolescents and if violated, one that can put a state at risk of forfeiting ten percent of its annual federal highway appropriation. John M. McCardell Jr., president of Middlebury College; founder and president of Choose Responsibility, a non-profit organization, clearly states his desire for the National Minimum Drinking Age Act to be lowered to avoid binge drinking. On the other hand, Melanie Fonder and Misty Moise, among others, clearly express the benefits of this law and the…show more content…
University of Miami President and former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, believes maintaining the legal drinking age at 21 is a sound policy as it protects underage students from easily accessing alcoholic beverages and losing them due to its effect (2). Ronald M. Davis, Immediate Past President of the AMA points out the important development that takes place in the brain during the “teen years” and how unreasonable those requesting to lower the minimum drinking age are by putting such high expectations on those who cannot humanly possibly think as a mature adult at an early age. “Habits are often created at an early age” and allowing access to alcohol while maturity is often absent is an irresponsible decision. Changes are taking place to prevent and minimize binge drinking. Colleges, Mothers Against Drunk Driving program, community and even parents are now realizing how crucial their involvement is in order to improve the situation. Law enforcement has also stepped up their game by ensuring local establishments, especially those around college campuses and high schools, abide by the rules, and punishing those adults who are willing to break them. They constantly patrol areas known to be used for “breaking the law” to create a safer environment for those around (4). Dean-Mooney
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