The Legal Drinking Age

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Legal Drinking Age In the United States the legal drinking age is 21 years old, while quite drastically all over the world the drinking ages in many countries are 18. If these countries have lower drinking ages and statistically better education scores and crime rates it could be beneficial for the government to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18, or it may be detrimental to the society. Historically the minimum drinking age for the country was 21 due to the fact that after the 21rst amendment was ratified, doing away with prohibition, states often chose the drinking age based upon the voting age. The voting age in 1933 was 21, therefore the drinking age was 21, but over the years several states lowered both the purchase age and the drinking ages several times. When President Nixon signed into effect the 26th amendment in 1971, which gave all U.S. citizens above the age of 18 the right to vote, the change in minimum legal drink ages change throughout the state again. “18 was the most commonly chosen age among the states that adopted a lower minimum drinking ages in the 1970’s.” (The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Carpenter & Dobkin, pg 136). Between the years of 1970-1975, 29 different states lowered their minimum legal drinking age, while other simply altered theirs. Such was the case in Wisconsin, where before citizens over the age of 18 had previously been able to buy beer and wine, but were then allowed to buy hard liquor (Issues & Controversies, Infobase

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