The Legal Drinking Age Of The United States

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The legal drinking age in the United States has been argued for many decades. The current minimal legal drinking age is twenty-one but some want to lower between eighteen and twenty. The main focus of the research conducted and opinions of people are based on the minimal legal drinking age of eighteen. The research is taken from the 1970s, when the twenty-sixth Amendment was passed in the Constitution (Wagenaar, 206). It was stated that eighteen is the “age of majority”, so thirty-nine of the states changed their legal drinking age from twenty-one to eighteen. Because of issues with the lowered drinking age, Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. This act required all states to raise the legal drinking age back to twenty-one in order receive the 10 percent federal highway funds (Carpenter and Dobkin 137). By 1990, all fifty states set their minimum legal drinking age to twenty-one. Since this time, many arguments have been raised to lower it back to eighteen. With a lower drinking age, issues for youth include health risks, easy access of alcohol, unsafe drinking environments, and the increase of fatalities. Lowering the drinking age between the ages of eighteen and twenty will increase health risks for these young adults. In this age group, brains are still developing. By consuming alcohol this young, the brain’s frontal lobe is affected because it is still in the developing stages. According to ProCon.org, “emotional regulation, planning,
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