Essay on The Minimum Drinking Age Act

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On July 17, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which he quoted, “The bill we 're gathered to sign today reflects the will of the American people. It takes the battle to stop drunk driving one crucial step further”. Since 1984 the minimum legal drinking is an on going debate for many U.S. citizens. According to Andrew Stuttaford, he believes that if eighteen year old are allowed to vote, marry, join the military and drive why are they not allowed to drink. Even though eighteen year old are considered as an adult for which they should have the right to drink, there are many reasons why alcohol should be kept away from teenagers, for examples drinking at a young age is extremely harmful to the body. Eighteen year old are not as mature as they would be at twenty-one and lastly, studies have shown that increasing the minimum drinking age from eighteen to twenty-one decreased the amount of alcohol related deaths and or injuries.
To begin, getting involved with alcohol at a young age can cause serious health issues. For instance, regarding the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism article, they quoted, “Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.” In addition, they also mention that over time drinking too much can damage the heart, liver, pancreas,…

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