The usa legal drinking age should be lowered to 18 from 21 please cast your vote after you've read the arguments you can also add to the debate by leaving a comment at the end of the page. A quiet movement to lower the legal drinking age to 18 is taking root as advocates argue that teenagers who are allowed to vote and fight for their country should also be able to enjoy a beer or two msnbccom’s alex johnson reports.
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. Drinking age controversy the appropriate legal age for drinking alcohol has long been a matter of debate college students and other teenagers believe they should be allowed to drink at 18, or even younger, while many parents and other authorities feel that the age of 21 is a more appropriate age.
The members of madd opposed lowering the drinking age, declaring that drunk driving fatalities skyrocketed after many states lowered their minimum ages during the 1970s and that raising the age has saved 25,000 lives since then. Mlda 21 should not be lowered to mirror european drinking age limits because the rate of drinking among us teenagers is lower than most european countries 20% of american youth aged 16-to-17 and 74% aged 14-to-15 report drinking alcohol in the past month compared to an average 38% of european youth aged 15-to-16 years. Keep the drinking age high tamika c b zapolski, assistant professor of psychology the key to preventing alcohol abuse is to communicate the risks, harm and disapproval of its use among young people.
The drinking age should not be lowered i think the drinking age should not be lowered because humans' brains are not fully developed until the age of 21 and 25, and if they lowered it the age to 18 your brain still gives you bad choices and you're not yet responsible and mature. When the age was raised to 21 in the mid-1980s, the goal was to reduce highway fatalities but everyone knows that the 21 age limit hasn't stopped minors from drinking and now some experts believe it's actually contributing to an increase in extreme drinking. The u s has the highest national minimum legal drinking age in the entire world no country has a higher one raising the drinking age to 21 was a radical social experiment both cross-culturally and historically most other countries have a minimum drinking age of 18 and they rarely enforce it vigorously.
The drinking age should be 18 for multiple reasons when someone turns 18 they gain a multitude of rights and responsibilities you are allowed to serve and die for your country however, you cannot enjoy a beer with friends. But the college presidents got what they wanted: a national debate about the drinking age when the age was raised to 21 in the mid-1980s, the goal was to reduce highway fatalities but everyone knows that the 21 age limit hasn't stopped minors from drinking.
Before 1984, the minimum legal drinking age varied from state to state many states lowered their drinking ages to 18, 19 or 20 during the vietnam war era, and subsequently reversed them after they saw increases in alcohol-related traffic incidents. An 18 year old drinking age would allow a safer drinking environment, for teens who will most likely drink anyway there would be no need to hide the fact that a teenager has been drinking, and there will be no shame in seeking help when under the influence of alcohol. 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 teaching people to.