1 2 3 the minimum legal drinking age should be lowered teens at risk , 2009 debating the issues, 2007, chooseresponsibilityorg, 2007 reproduced by permission. The legal drinking age in america it is commonly believed that the minimum drinking age in the us is 21 however, people can legally drink below that age under many different circumstances. For the past 20 years, the us has maintained a minimum legal drinking age of 21 (mlda21), with little public debate about the wisdom of this policy watch more: which drink causes the worst. The legal drinking age in the united states is 21 however, this was not the case until 1984, when the national minimum drinking age act required the 50 states to raise their drinking age to 21 or. By 1988, all states had set the minimum legal drinking age at 212 the goal of the mlda is to curb youth drinking and reduce its related problems, especially traffic injuries and deaths 3 l 4, 5, 6alcohol is the number one drug of choice among america’s youth.
Once the issue of lowering the minimum legal drinking age arose, many individual states began to review their drinking laws some chose to lower the legal age to eighteen, while others remained at twenty-one. Minimum legal drinking age (mlda) laws provide an example of how scientific research can support effective public policies between 1760 and 1765, 27 states lowered their problems: a higher legal drinking age was correlated with a lower number of alcohol problems among youth the. The national minimum drinking age act did not require states to increase their minimum legal drinking age to 21 but did say that any state that did not set the age at 21 would lose access to federal transportation funding. 5 thoughts on “ lowering the minimum legal drinking age ” dag5441 post author april 24, 2014 at 10:32 am drinking is a major problem in the us and the solution seems like a contradiction but that may be why so many are opposed to it.
Lowering the drinking age would eliminate thrill drinking in the critical 18 – 20 age bracket, there are often binge drinking episodes simply because it is a thrill to break the law eliminate the thrill by lowering the drinking age and the taboo will be gone as well, encouraging normal alcohol consumption in the critical age bracket. Addressing the minimum legal drinking age (mlda) in college communities some have argued that lowering the drinking age will reduce the allure of alcohol as a forbidden fruit for minors minimum legal purchase age and traffic safety: facts and practices albany, ny: new york state office of alcoholism and substance abuse services. The minimum legal drinking age (mlda) is widely believed to save lives by reducing traffic fatalities among underage drivers further, the federal uniform drinking age act, which mosher 1980) whatever the reasons, the lower mldas “enfranchised” over five million 18-20 year olds to buy alcohol (males 1986, p 183.
Shouldn't we lower the minimum legal drinking age to 18 the national highway traffic safety administration (nhtsa) estimates that through 2002, the increase in the minimum legal drinking age has saved 21,887 lives in the 50 states. In 2006, the nonprofit organization choose responsibility called for repealing the 1984 national minimum drinking age act, which had led all 50 states to establish a minimum legal drinking age of 21, and allowing the states to lower their limit to 18. The national minimum drinking age act is perhaps the law that has the most impact on the day-to-day lives of america's youth since it was signed into law on july 17, 1984 while the 21-year-old drinking age seems imbedded in american society, it is only a recent innovation. Lowering the minimum legal drinking age world mlda statistics 61% of the world has an mlda of 18-19 years of age 11% hold an mlda of 16-17 only 6% has an mlda of 21. The drinking-age law would surely be a winner in a competition for the least obeyed law the notion that this law is accomplishing anything to actually stop or even curb teen drinking is preposterous.
In louisiana, the 1987 law raising the age from 18 to 21 was deliberately written solely to comply with the national minimum drinking age act of 1984 to avoid losing highway funding, while still allowing 18- to 20-year-olds to drink as before. We know binge drinking in college is a problem and many people think that one of its main causes is the legal drinking age of 21 so why not lower the drinking age to cut down on the problem. Some groups are advocating for a lower drinking age, saying 21 has pushed college drinking underground evidence shows vigorous enforcement of 21 policies is a better approach the effects of minimum legal drinking age 21 laws on alcohol-related driving in the united states. Setting the minimum legal drinking age to 21 years old is unconstitutional lastly it sends the wrong message about alcohol consumption to teens in the united states report abuse print.
The legal drinking age in the united states has been 21 since the national minimum drinking age act in 1984 when president ronald just say no reagan signed the act, he issued a blanket. Minimum legal drinking age (mlda) laws were established in the united states after the repeal of prohibition in 1933 many states set the mlda at 21 during that time when the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 in 1971, many states lowered their drinking age to 18 or 19. While the united states increased the minimum legal drinking age (mlda) to 21, other countries maintained it at 18 when it was time to compare the drunk driving traffic accidents and fatalities, countries with a lower drinking age also has lower traffic accidents than the us. Since then, it has been a constant debate about whether we should lower or raise the minimum legal drinking age (mlda) in the united states “i think that the age should be lowered from 21 to 18 because people are able to fight in wars but cannot have a drink.
Back in 2003, when then-president george w bush's 19-year-old daughter was arrested for underage drinking offenses, the debate about lowering the legal drinking age once again came into the national spotlight. Transcript of lowering the minimum legal drinking age the legal drinking age of 21, far from being the solution to the problem of underage drinking, has forced young adults eighteen to twenty to drink illegally without supervision (tamburello.