The Generations Of People Who Were Born After 1984 Have

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The generations of people who were born after 1984 have only known the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) to be 21 years old. But, it was not so long ago when the minimum legal drinking age was 18. In 1984 Congress passed the MLDA Act as a result of the rise in drunk driving accidents involving teens and alcohol related deaths. This Act ultimately made the states raise their MLDA to 21 from 18 for fear of losing federal highway funds. There have been many debates about it and whether or not it should be lowered again. Many organizations, like Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), an organization that works to help youth say “no” to drinking and driving among other things, believe that “any attempt to lower the legal drinking age… …show more content…

This is a result of the availability of alcohol for teens decreasing as the MLDA increased. However, a person that is for the decrease of the MLDA may say that although the numbers in alcohol related deaths have significantly decreased, the change in the Minimum Legal Drinking Age cannot take all of the credit. Along with the MLDA Act there has also been increased awareness of alcohol and drinking and driving everywhere from schools to TV shows. So, one may argue that the MLDA could be lowered again if there was more awareness and enforcement. Nonetheless, even in spite of other deciding factors, the increase of the minimum legal drinking age has shown to have played a big part in the decrease of alcohol-related deaths. Lowering it again will have a reverse impact on the number of alcohol-related deaths on and off the road. Of the people involved in fatal car crashes, the proportion of drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .8 or higher has decreased since 1982, when the MLDA Act was first introduced. This is shown in a graph from the publication “Statistical Analysis of Alcohol-Related Driving Trends, 1982-2005” written by Jennifer N. Dang, who is employed in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Figure 1, it shows the proportion of drivers involved in fatal crashes with a BAC of .08 or above started out at 35% in 1982 and then throughout the years it decreased to 20% in 2005

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