Essay about The Minimum Legal Drinking Age

1717 Words May 24th, 2016 7 Pages
In the United States the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) is currently at 21 years old. When the drinking age was changed from 18 to 21 in 1984, the main purpose was to lower the amount of highway deaths, caused by drunk driving. Even though the number of highway deaths has indeed lowered since then, raising the drinking age has also led to more deaths in general and has caused more problems that need the people’s attention. Such problems include the police focusing on ticketing or arresting underage drinkers, instead of focusing on more pressing matters. If the drinking age were to be lowered to 18 years old again these problems could diminish greatly. There would also be benefits of lowering the drinking age, such as helping the US economy through local businesses, and lowering the thrill to get drunk that most underage drinkers have. Overall, the United States should lower the drinking age to 18 due to the fact that it would greater help the country that it would hurt it. If the MLDA (minimum legal drinking age) were to be lowered to 18, there would be less injury and less deaths. There are many cases of injury and sometimes death caused by the consumption of alcohol. This happens a lot with people who are under the legal drinking age because they usually drink in more extreme ways. When injury occurs, the spectators of the injury rarely call for help from the police or somebody’s parents, due to the fact that they fear getting in trouble ("Drinking Age").…

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