The National Minimum Drinking Age Act Essay

984 Words Apr 19th, 2016 4 Pages
On July 17, 1984, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed by Ronald Reagan in his efforts to end the “crazy quilt of different states’ drinking laws” as stated in his remarks at River Dell High School on June 20th of that same year. As a result of this bill, if a state allowed anyone under the age of 21 to purchase and publicly possess alcohol they would be penalized by reducing their annual federal highway apportionment by ten percent which would later be amended to eight percent in 2012 . This act came about as a result of studies showing an increase in motor vehicle fatalities that seemed linked to the initial decrease of the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) to 18 that occurred in the 1960s. With influence from groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Senator Frank Lautenberg drafted the act, which continued to leave it up to the discretion of the state whether they should raise their MLDA or not; however, since such a large sum of money was on the line, but in 1995 all 50 states were in compliance. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of the current MLDA is in question with new studies coming out showing that very little has improved and that a problem is still prevalent. While the main goal of the National Minimum Drink Age Act was to decrease alcohol consumption among those under 21 in an effort to decrease the fatalities as a result of alcohol, there has been little change or improvement, and in fact lowering the age to 18 could have some benefits in…

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