Essay about The Minimum Legal Drinking Age

1860 Words Nov 1st, 2016 8 Pages
The minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) of 21 was set in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. The goal of MLDA of 21 was to protect children from the negative effects of alcohol. However, raising the drinking age has created opposite results in teen drinking habits. Making alcohol inaccessible to younger people actually results in more excessive drinking when the opportunity arises. Alcohol related incidents are responsible for an average of 88,000 deaths a year, “account[ing] for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20–64 years.”(CDC, 2014). An 18 year old is also considered an adult in the U.S. and is trusted with many life changing responsibilities such as being able to vote, own a gun, and becoming a legal guardian. Reducing the legal drinking age to 18 would not only help change the inconsistency of the United States law system, but it would also decrease the amount of drinking related deaths in multiple ways. At the age of 18 an individual is considered a legal adult in the United States, therefore they should not be prohibited to purchase and use alcohol. Alcohol should be legal to 18 year olds because of all the other responsibilities that come with adulthood, creating an inconsistency in the law. In 1971 the 26th amendment passed, lowering the voting age to age 18. Voting represents a huge responsibility in American culture. The United States was founded, in large part, on the desire of its people to participate in the decisions of their government. To uphold…

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