Essay about The Minimum Drinking Age Act

1048 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
The stories and articles have become all too familiar. Teen Dies from Alcohol Abuse or 14-Year-Old Dies of Alcohol Poisoning all share the same heartbreaking story of how drinking alcohol illegally has claimed the lives of loved ones. This nation cannot allow more irresponsible and life threatening activities to occur, which, is why the Minimum Drinking Age must not be lowered to 18. Keeping the current Minimum Drinking Age, or MDA, at 21 would be the most responsible decision concerning this topic because it would save the lives of many young adults who would otherwise be harmed with exposure to the right to drink.
Since July 17th, 1984, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act has legally prevented anyone under the age of 21 from consuming alcohol. People who support the act argue that it prevents binge drinking and that alcohol can have negative effects on the brain 's development. On the other hand, those who oppose the legal age of 21 and advocate for an MDA of 18 accentuate that 18 is the age of adulthood in which they obtain many rights such as the right to vote, join the military, and get married and that they should have the right to dictate what they do and do not ingest into their bodies.
Since the National Minimum Drinking Age Act has been initiated, it has, in fact, reduced the number of alcohol-related crashes and deaths among young people on the nation’s roads, as it was initially intended to do when introduced in 1984. In reference to a paper published by the…

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