The Debate Over The Drinking Age

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I have always wondered why the drinking age was raised to twenty-one. I have looked and researched the following information but still don’t have a true explanation as to why it was raised to the age of twenty-one. The movement called Amethyst Initiative began recruiting university presidents to provoke national debate about the drinking age. College Presidents from about 100 of the nation’s universities, are calling on law makers to consider lowering the drinking age from twenty-one to eighteen by claiming the current laws encourage dangerous binge drinking on campuses. These colleges include some of the popular one like including Duke, Dartmouth and Ohio State. Mothers against drunk driving officials and the Amethyst Initiative both agree that alcohol abuse by college students is a huge problem. Research has found more than forty percent of college students reported either symptoms of alcohol abuse or dependency. A recent associated press analysis of federal records found from 1999 through 2005, 157 college age people drank themselves to death. This is because they couldn’t legally drink so when they could acquire it they went overboard with drinking. James C Fell who is a senior program director at the alcohol policy and research center of the pacific institute for research and evaluation in Calverton, Md. says “that binge drinking among eighth, tenth and twelfth graders has been steadily going down since the drinking

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