The Effects Of Drinking Age On College Campuses Essay

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Education is Key After Prohibition it was left up to states to determine their alcohol regulation, many states made the MLDA 21, which was at the time, the same age that people could exercise other adult-like responsibilities, such as voting. Between the early and late 1970’s 29 states lowered their drinking age to 18. In 1984 Congress passed the Uniform Drinking Age Act, this required states to have a MLDA of 21 in order to receive money to fix highways (Main 35). The governments wish for states to raise the drinking age was because of increased driving under the influence in young adults. Now in the 2000’s underage drinking, binge drinking, and alcohol related deaths are occurring more often (“Binge”). These incidences are more apparent on college campuses but are happening everywhere. In many countries across the world the drinking age is 18, although in some countries the age is 16, and few countries don’t have a drinking age. It is only in the United States and five other countries that the minimum drinking age is 21 (“Minimum”). Due to the rise of alcohol related problems this obviously is not an effective age. The minimum drinking age should be lowered to 18 and be put into effect along with a new form of alcohol education that is taught in high schools. Something new must be tried to help youth from going down the path of alcohol abuse and misuse. “Alcohol has no mystique. It’s no big deal. By contrast, where it is banned until age 21, there is something of the…

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