Lowering The Minimum Drinking Age Essay

1144 Words Dec 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Every year, thousands of deaths occur as a result of drunk driving, and everyday people are facing the consequences of irresponsible drinking. Because of the issues caused by irresponsible drinking, the US government passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act in 1984 which raised the minimum drinking age to twenty-one to prevent drinking-related accidents and violence. Despite the intent of its passing, it was a counterproductive decision. Because of the higher age restriction, high school upperclassmen and college underclassmen see drinking as an exciting, rebellious act. Consequently, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act resulted in an increase in dangerous and irresponsible drinking which continues to this day. Not only does the restriction result in a greater amount of irresponsible drinking, but it also reduces the number of alcoholic purchases within bars and restaurants, hurting business owners. To promote responsible drinking, prevent drinking-related accidents, and increase private business profits, the government should reduce the minimum drinking age to eighteen.
One of the main ways which lowering the minimum drinking age would benefit society is that it would make drinking seem less rebellious. Even though underage drinking is illegal, many young adults still drink because the higher age restriction is impossible to completely enforce. In the past the United States tried to pass the Eighteenth Amendment to ban all drinking, but it was repealed because it…

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