Essay on The Drinking Age Of The United States

1112 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
In 1984, President Reagan signed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act in order to help with the drunk driving epidemic that groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving had argued was the fault of drivers between the ages of 18 and 21. This law was one of the 39 suggestions made to the President by the Presidential Commission Against Drunk Driving, amoung the suggestions were youth education courses about drinking responsibly, harsher punishments for driving under the influence of alcohol that mimic those of foreign countries, and public information campaign. (cite) The United States became one of the few countries in the world to have a drinking age over 18. In the mid 1970s, 60% of traffic fatalities involved alcohol (cite). The national drinking age in The United States was raised in an attempt to solve a national epidemic that is still a serious issue today, making the law ineffective and unnecessary. While drinking and driving is a serious problem in our nation, binge drinking is something of equal danger. 60% of the deaths that occure as a resuly of underage drinking occur off the highways. (cite) Binge drinking is an increasing problem that is severely affecting young drinkers. Lowering the drinking age to the original 18 and providing educational programs to the youth about drinking responsibly could decrease fatal drunk driving accidents as well as end binge drinking culture in America. When the drinking age was raised in the 1980s, there were multiple reasons…

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