Essay on The Minimum Legal Drinking Age

1164 Words Sep 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Alcohol, is it poison, or a good way to relax at the end of the day; is it an addictive drug or a party favor? Regardless of your opinion, almost everyone can agree that it is a dangerous substance if used irresponsibly. The US government has made many attempts to restrict its dangerous consumption, through taxes on alcoholic products, and most notably, through the 1984 Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MDLA) law, which states that one must be at least twenty-one years old before he or she is allowed to drink.
Since the MDLA was set, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), underage drinking, and subsequent problem drinking, has dropped significantly (Support 21). On the other hand, supporters of the Amethyst Initiative, a document calling for a thorough debate on the drinking problem in schools, claim that the only achievement this law has accomplished was in driving underage drinking further underground. The only thing both these groups can seem to agree on is that alcohol abuse in college needs to be dealt with; the big issue is, how? Groups such as MADD, and other supporters of MDLA would say that preserving the current minimum drinking age, or raising it would do the job. However, I would argue that since we cannot stop drinking altogether, we know how much of a failure the Prohibition was, the US should work to teach responsible drinking at a younger age so that when our teens go to college, they continue good habits, even when they are not monitored.
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