From the end of prohibition until 1984, drinking ages were determined by the states many of them had the age at 21 while several lowered the age to 18 for the purchase of beer this was changed due to the baby boom generation and the vietnam war. After prohibition, nearly all states adopted a minimum legal drinking age (mlda) of 21 between 1970 and 1975, however, 29 states lowered the mlda to 18, 19, or 20, largely in response to the change in the voting age. Government chp 1-4 study play after the united states gained its independence, the first system of government was created by the articles of confederation federal programs to encourage states to raise the minimum drinking age to 21, lower speed limits to 55 mph, and mandates in the no child left behind program are often seen as.
Minimum legal drinking age (mlda) laws specify the legal age when an individual can purchase or publicly consume alcoholic beverages the mlda in the united states is 21 years however, prior to the enactment of the national minimum drinking age act of 1984, the legal age when alcohol could be purchased varied from state to state 1. Here in the united states the legal drinking age is twenty-one there has been much debate on whether the drinking age in the united states should be lowered from twenty-one to eighteen people in favor of keeping the drinking age at twenty-one believe that there will be less alcohol related injuries and deaths from vehicle accidents, as well. Many states lowered the drinking age to 18 or 19 in the early 1970s, around the same time as the passage of the 26th amendment granting 18-year-olds the right to vote but then all 50 states raised it again to 21 when congress passed the national minimum drinking age act — for fear of losing a portion of federal highway money. Return the drinking age to 18 -- and then enforce the law the current system, which forbids alcohol to americans under 21, is widely flouted, with disastrous consequences.
1 2 3 the minimum legal drinking age should be lowered teens at risk , 2009 debating the issues, 2007, chooseresponsibilityorg, 2007 reproduced by permission. There are many obvious reasons for my choice of lowering the mlda to eighteen such as, eighteen is the legal age to smoke cigarettes, enlist in the military, enter into the sanctity of marriage etc but many other countries with an eighteen-year-old drinking age limit have much lower dui rates (united kingdom, germany, sweden, etc. In effectively setting the legal age of majority at age 18, many states lowered their drinking ages to reflect that reality before and after measures of these age changes show increased alcohol-related traffic fatalities amongst 18-20 year-olds.
Minimum legal drinking ages around the world vary dramatically most such laws apply only to drinking alcoholic beverages in public locations the only country with a minimum legal age for consuming alcohol at home is the united kingdom, which prohibits drinking below the age of six. The drinking age should be lowered to allow eighteen year olds to consume alcohol, or should the legal age to drink alcoholic beverages stay at the age of twenty-one prior to 1984 you were, once you turned eighteen, in most states permitted to purchase alcohol. The drinking age in the united states (21), adopted in 1984, is one of the highest in the world countries that compare in severity are only a few, including indonesia, kazakhstan, cameroon, oman. Pros and cons of lowering legal drinking age the united states minimum drinking age has been twenty one since the mid 1930’s during the vietnam era soldiers were granted rights to drink in uniform, but varied between each states while some limiting which beverages could be bought.
In short, we ended up with a national minimum age of 21 because of the national minimum drinking age act of 1984 this law basically told states that they had to enact a minimum drinking age of 21. Lowering the legal drinking age: an analysis of the pros and cons lowering the legal drinking age: an analysis of the pros and cons background since the mid 1930’s, the legal drinking age in the united states has been set at 21. The drinking age should be lowered between 1970 and 1975,29 states reduced their minimum legal drinking age (wagenaar, 1983) however, by the late 1970s controversy over minimum drinking age laws became widespread and this pattern was reversed the minimum drinking age laws in the united states have undergone over 100 modifications. Top 10 reasons the drinking age should be lowered to 18 federal law in the usa requires that all states mandate a minimum legal drinking age of 21 unlike many other western countries the usa has always taken a hard line on alcohol consumption with prohibition being repealed only in 1933.
In conclusion, the legal drinking age in the united states should be lowered to the age eighteen first, the government’s laws are not enforced enough, making them ineffective second, kids are old enough to buy tobacco products, vote, serve in the military, drive, marry, and get sentenced to death all at the age of eighteen. So my opinion is they should not only keep the drinking age where it is but they should raise the voting age clwtex november 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm i vote 19, other than trying to control alcohol in high school age, i see little benefit to moving it to 21. Since states began setting the legal drinking age at 21, the law has been one of the most studied in our history the evidence is overwhelming: more than 50 high-quality scientific studies all found the 21 law saves lives, both on and off the road. The united states should lower the legal drinking age to eighteen 1930 words 8 pages the united states’ minimum legal drinking age (mlda) of twenty one is almost a perfect example of a policy with unrealistic expectations and serious unintended consequences.
The united states’ minimum legal drinking age (mlda) of twenty one is almost a perfect example of a policy with unrealistic expectations and serious unintended consequences the current policy that the united states has in effect criminalizes youth who consume alcohol at less than twenty one years of age. Twenty-one isn't just an arbitrary number set by congress—more than 20 states already had laws setting the drinking age there in 1984 and since the 21 law was widely enacted, the number of. A number of states initially said no to nmdaa, but by 1988 every state passed a law raising its minimum drinking age to 21 in order to continue receiving all the federal money they were entitled to under the federal aid highway act.
The united states should not lower its drinking age to 18 there was a reason many years ago that the age limit was changed to 21 at 18 the person is just not mature enough and responsible enough to go out and drink. I don't think that is right, and i believe that the drinking age in the united states should be lowered from twenty one years of age, to eighteen for the most part, the drinking age does not stop young people from drinking. One side says the legal drinking age should remain at twenty-one meanwhile, the younger part of the population (18 - 21) feel that the legal age to consume alcohol should be eighteen, as i feel. One national study of laws raising the drinking age to 21 indicated that persons who grew up in states with a drinking age of 21, relative to those who grew up in states with lower legal drinking ages, drank less not only when they were [less than] 21 years of age but also when they were 21 to 25 years of age.