The Effects Of Raising The Drinking Age

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The repeal of prohibition, through the 18th Amendment, occurred on December 5th, 1933. The repeal allowed all of the states to determine the minimum drinking age that they thought was most appropriate. Most states decided on 21 years old at the minimum legal drinking age. In 1971, most states lowered the drinking age to 18 because the voting age was lowered to 18 also. The Enactment of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 raised the minimum legal drinking age was back to 21 years old (“Drinking age,” 2015, p. 1).
Many believed that establishing the minimum age at 21 would prevent underage drinking, risky and dangerous behavior, and fatalities due to drunk driving. Many people thought that raising the age would be the solution to these problems. Since the United States changed the MLDA to 21 years old, it has not stopped any of these alcohol-related problems. Through research, many data shows that it has actually done harm to society.
Raising the drinking age to 21 has not been the solution to any of these problems. The MLDA has been highly ineffective since it was changed. Majority of underage teens continue to consume no matter what the laws says. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, underage drinking accounts for 17.5% ($22.5 billion) of consumer spending for alcohol in the United
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1). The drinking age at 21, drives teens to binge drink especially in college when they have complete freedom. College students haven’t experienced alcohol as much as they would if the age was lowered to 18, leading them to be unaware of the effects of alcohol. This could lead them to possibly go overboard and overdose. There has been in an increase in college students who drink just to get drunk, not even for the

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