Sometimes research findings are mixed, so they can be, and often are, used to support competing policy positions but sometimes this is true when it comes to the minimum age for legally purchasing alcohol, often referred to as the drinking age study after 1975: 38 states allow 18-20 year-olds to legally buy alcohol. Forbidden fruit argument on alcohol fails on facts robert voas there's no benefit to lowering the drinking age christian science monitor january 12, 2006 - as for the forbidden fruit argument, the opposite is true research shows that back when some states still had a minimum drinking age of 18, youths. Has legal age 21 been effective in reducing the number of alcohol related fatalities for those aged 18 to 20 senate subcommittee hearings on the bill played an indispensable role in generating support from congress, president reagan and the general public for a standardized, nationwide 21 year-old drinking age. In the fall of 2010, a group of more than 100 college presidents — including the leaders of dartmouth, virginia tech and duke — signed a statement arguing that the legal drinking age of 21 wasn't working this argument is nothing new proponents of lowering the drinking age to 18 routinely surface with. In america, eighteen-year-olds can vote, operate a motor vehicle, pay taxes, marry, become a legal guardian, own a gun, fight and die in a foreign country, and even become governor of the great state of rhode island one could easily argue that one or many of those bears way more responsibility than. The current age-21 limit in the united states is higher than in canada (18 or 19, depending on the province), mexico (18), and most western european countries ( typically 16 or 18) a central argument of the amethyst initiative is that the us minimum legal drinking age policy results in more dangerous drinking than would. There are a number of arguments against the 21-year minimum age foremost, in my mind, is the dramatic rise in binge drinking among young people since the 1984 change — with its consequent danger to health and safety when it is legal for an 18-year-old to drive, marry or serve in the military but.
Thirty years ago this week, congress passed a bill that effectively raised the national drinking age to 21 despite subsequent efforts to lower it in some states -- and the fact that most developed countries allow young people to legally drink at 18 -- that threshold has remained firmly in place ever since. Potential to give misleading results overall, our results support the argument that the legal drinking age can be lowered without leading to large increases in detrimental outcomes for youth jel classification: i18, k42, c25 keywords: drinking age, alcohol consumption, hospitalization, vehicular accidents new zealand. Mothers against drunk driving supports the 21 law and has been the main opponent to lowering it back to 18 a key cluster of philosophical opposition to the minimum lies in the natural human need for education and experience young adults do not receive the opportunity to educate themselves and drink responsibly. However, the laws are unlikely to pass anytime soon given that a 2014 gallup poll found only 25 percent of americans support lowering the legal drinking age to 18 and detractors, including mothers against drunk driving (madd), which heavily influenced the minimum drinking age act in 1984, argue that.
However, if the drinking age were lowered to 18, underage teens would figure that they just had to wait a bit longer — the time to legally drink would not be as on the other hand, some argue that allowing 18-year-olds to drink alcohol would cause a spike in underage drinking teens would see alcohol. For this debate, my opponent and i will be debating whether or not the drinking age should be lowered to 18 years old in the us i will take the pro/for position, in favor of the drinking age being lowered my opponent will take the con/against, arguing that the law should remain the same at 21 years old, or be. Being as such, using an example that since the legal drinking age has been 21 since 1984, how can we perform long term studies to support this certainly there while i can see your points and the validity of your arguments, i don't see the correlation to lowering the drinking age to 18 if we talk about. 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 nhtsa estimates that the current mlda will continue to save 1,000 lives each year.
The legal drinking age should be lowered to about 18 or 19 and young adults allowed to drink in controlled environments such as restaurants, taverns, pubs and official school and university functions in these situations responsible drinking could be taught through role modeling and educational programs mature and. They argue that the current law has driven underage boozing underground and into dangerous territory according to the annual but back in the '60s, when the drinking age in new york, where i went to school, was 18, we didn't feel a need to do that stuff because it was legal another part of my eureka. Since most college students drink, why not lower the drinking age to 18 that would encourage more responsible behavior, some college presidents say but a study says it would hurt more than help.
During the democratic debate at dartmouth college in new hampshire last month, the candidates were asked to answer a viewer's question about whether they would support lowering the national drinking age from 21 to 18 years old especially because we trust people at this age to make life and death. Return it to 18, and enforce it gabrielle glaser, author, her best-kept secret: why women drink raising the drinking age to 21 hasn't reduced drinking -- it's merely driven it underground, to the riskiest of settings tamika c b zapolski. Recently, there has been much hype about an online petition to lower the drinking age to 18 according to dictionarycom, the definition of an adult is: a person who has attained the age of maturity as specified by law in the usa, that age is 18, and with every american's 18th birthday comes all the rights,.
On july 17, 1984, president ronald reagan signed the national minimum drinking age act, a law that required states to raise the drinking age to 21 or face a 10 percent cut to their federal highway funding all states complied and adopted the higher drinking age since then, arguments against the drinking. A wave of respected medical opinion has signalled its support for raising the legal drinking age since the proposal was brought up in the nsw parliament more says any country with a youth binge-drinking problem needs to be wary of the risks as well as the benefits of raising the legal drinking-age limit. The drinking age issue has caused debate for decades here are some of the many arguments in favor of lowering the minimum legal drinking age.
Challenging the legal drinking age do the current laws involving the age at which adults can start drinking really make sense there are many reasons why the government changed the legal drinking age to 21, but has this actually caused a decrease in the amount of alcohol consumed by persons between 18 and 21. 21 as the minimum legal drinking age pretty much the rest of the developed world sets the minimum drinking age at 18 the chief argument in favor of a higher drinking age is that it saves lives by reducing automobile crashes, but i'm not persuaded by this reasoning if highway safety really is the main. The national minimum drinking age act, passed by congress 30 years ago this july, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed it is absurd and unjust that young americans can vote, marry, enter contracts and serve in the military at 18 but cannot buy an alcoholic drink in a bar or restaurant. The support 21 coalition stands behind the indisputable scientific research that demonstrates lowering the drinking age would make the difficult problems of underage and binge drinking far worse research indicates that when the minimum legal drinking age is 21, people under age 21 drink less overall.
The argument for lowering saskatchewan's legal drinking age is not a new one in march 2013, the members of the provincial legislature voted to keep the legal drinking age in saskatchewan at 19, instead of lowering it to the age of 18 the particular proposal to lower saskatchewan's drinking age came. Americans continue to oppose lowering the drinking age to 18 in all states, with 25% in favor and 74% opposed but americans are either not aware of or not persuaded by such arguments, given that public support for a minimum drinking age of 21 seems pretty solid and consistent over the past three.