Essay about Lowering The Legal Drinking Age Of 21

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For many years, one of the biggest issues nationwide has been the abuse of alcohol by all age groups; however, this is primarily true for the 18-21 year old age bracket. In 1987, Ronald Reagan and his administration pressured states by threatening local funding cuts. His ultimate goal was for a nationwide minimum legal drinking age of 21 (Tooney, et al, 2009). Supporters of this, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), believed that this law would end drunk driving related deaths. As a counteraction to MADD, the Amethyst Initiative formed. The Amethyst Initiative was a group consisting of over 135 university presidents in favor of lowering the legal drinking age to 18 as of May 11, 2009 (Tooney, et al, 2009). John McCardell, former-president of Middlebury College and the founder of this initiative said, “This is a law that is routinely evaded… it is a law that people at whom it is directed believe is unjust and unfair and discriminatory” (Tippet, 2015). Twenty-eight years of research later, the higher minimum legal drinking age may not be helping MADD’s causes at all and is possibly making things worse. Lowering the minimum legal drinking age to 18 would benefit society in many ways. Binge drinking would likely decrease, less alcohol related accidents would happen, and finally, the law would fit better into our legal system’s definition of adulthood. Opposing sides have many points supporting their argument, but many people are still unsure of the correct solution to…

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