Lowering The Drinking Age Of The United States Essay

1058 Words Nov 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Lowering the Drinking Age
For many years, there have been debates about the drinking age in the United States. In 1984, the national legal drinking age of twenty-one was set by federal law. Previously, the drinking age had been eighteen. According to senior editor with Reason Magazine’s article “Straight Talk: Time to Rethink the Drinking Age, Radley Balko”, the new drinking age policy forced “each state to choose between accepting the policy and foregoing highway funding” (Balko). This decision affected many people specifically those ages eighteen to twenty years old. This controversial topic includes those who argue that if people can fight in the armed forces or vote in elections, they should be allowed the right to drink alcohol. On the other hand, there are those who feel that it is far too dangerous to lower the drinking age and that the results would be disastrous. The drinking age should be lowered to eighteen in the United States in order to decrease the amount of irresponsible drinking in young adults, and to reduce the amount of fatalities caused by the consumption of alcohol. We can use petitions, boycotts, peaceful protesting and picketing along with Martin Luther King Jr’s guidelines of civil disobedience to get the drinking age lowered.
According to Dr. Ruth Engs from Indiana University, the drinking age should in fact be reduced. Dr. Engs backs her claim with significant statistics regarding college students drinking habits such as: “22% under the age of 21…

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