Reasons To Lower The Drinking Age

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The first reason we should not lower the minimum legal drinking age is it would be medically irresponsible. Drinking alcohol at such a young age can do much harm to the body as it is still maturing. According to ProCon.org Headlines, the brain develops until around 20 years of age. The brain 's frontal lobes are very important during adolescence. The brain 's frontal lobes are essential for emotion regulation and having alcohol can interfere with development. Also having alcohol at such a young age can increase greater vulnerability for addiction, depression, violence, and much more. Normally your liver can tolerate a little bit of alcohol but drinking large amounts can damage your liver. However it can only handle a limited amount . If you …show more content…
Nearly 5,000 kids a year die from alcohol related causes. Although if they are under 21, how do they get alcohol? This is a question that 's been lingering for years. Many kids, these days, are getting alcohol and so easily, but where does it come from? According to “How under aged kids get their alcohol” a news crew did an experiment. They hired adult actors to pose as young kids, under the age of 21. The actors asked the adults passing by to buy alcohol for them illegally. They placed the actors in front of a liquor store in New Jersey, and set up several hidden cameras. Interestingly enough, not one male was willing to buy alcohol for the minor. Although many women agreed to buy the kids alcohol. They even urged the young actors to move further away from the liquor store to avoid getting caught. There was a total of 24 adults caught on tape agreeing to buy alcohol for minors, all women. This contradicts what most people thought. Many kids can get alcohol so easily, and it is happening right in front of …show more content…
It 's already a law. Every state in America enforces this law. A recent Gallop poll found that 77% of Americans wouldn 't vote for a law that decreases MLDA to 18. MADD, Mothers against drunk driving, is an organization that is against lowering MLDA to 18. There goal is to raise awareness of how dangerous it can be to drink and drive. In the early 70s, 29 states lowered their minimum drinking age to 18, to keep up with the new voting and military enlistment age. The results were almost immediate. In those 29 states, the drunk driving and alcohol related fatalities skyrocketed. Those 29 states were not the only states impacted. What they called “blood borders” were also impacted. This is where young people would drive to the states that lowered their MLDA to 18, drink in that state, and crash on the way home. Because of this dangerous increase in fatalities, 16 out of those 29 states brought their minimum legal drinking age back up to 21. President Ronald Reagan signed a law that said all states must bring their the MLDA back up to 21 within 5 years, on July 17,1984. By 1988 every state had brought their MLDA back to 21. Since then, that has saved roughly 900 lives per year, estimated by

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