Drinking Age Benefits

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In 1984, Ronald Reagan signed the Uniform Drinking Age Act that required all states to adopt twenty-one as the legal drinking age within five years. Since then, the drinking age has been debated and questioned by many different groups all across the country. Many people have their own opinion on whether the age should be raised, lowered, or remain unchanged; but each group of supporters agree that the age minimum provides safety to citizens. While the current law has done this, there is still more that can be done. The age of twenty-one is not the ideal age for allowing alcohol consumption and it needs to be reevaluated. The new legal drinking age should be changed to twenty-five in order to ensure the best results for individuals and the country …show more content…
With this being the case, alcohol is able to move freely among the mix of underage and of-age students allowing almost anyone the opportunity to drink. Raising the drinking age to twenty-five would make most college students underage and make it harder for them to get alcohol. This would eliminate much of the excessive drinking in college and its many negative consequences. It would be an improvement from the drinking age now and be much more effective than lowering the age to eighteen years old. The use of alcohol in college is clearly a problem and raising the age minimum would improve the …show more content…
Drunk driving is one of the main contributors to alcohol fatalities each year and something needs to be done to prevent it. On average, 17,000 people die each year from drunk driving related incidents, most of which are young adults. In 2010, the highest drunk driving rates were found to be people between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-five years old (23.4%) and with eighteen to twenty-year olds second (15.1%) (Nagin, 2012). After the age of twenty-five, the drunk driving rates decrease significantly which makes the age minimum of twenty-five ideal to prevent this from happening. The age minimum could stop people from driving while intoxicated and save thousands of lives each year, while lowering the legal age would do the exact

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