National Minimum Drinking Age Act

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  • Legal Drinking Age Essay

    The Drinking Age Be Lowered? Three decades ago, the United States congress has passed The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which punished every state that allowed persons below 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages reducing its annual federal highway apportionment by ten percent. Since then, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have prohibited selling alcoholic beverages for those people who are under the 21 age so that they do not lose the 10% funds. This act neither intervene with the alcohol sale hours on or off premises nor where to sell alcoholic beverages. It only sets an age limit. This current law was intended to lessen the number of traffic accidents and deaths that have raised in the 1980s by young drunk drivers. It has succeeded in that, but it also leads to several adverse effects on our teenagers and society. There are great debates that arise from time to time on whether to lower the minimum drinking age or remain it at 21. Some people who are in favor of keeping the law as it’s rely on the American Medical Association article “Addressing the…

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  • The Pros And Cons Of The Amethyst Initiative

    nationwide has been the abuse of alcohol by all age groups; however, this is primarily true for the 18-21 year old age bracket. In 1987, Ronald Reagan and his administration pressured states by threatening local funding cuts. His ultimate goal was for a nationwide minimum legal drinking age of 21 (Tooney, et al, 2009). Supporters of this, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), believed that this law would end drunk driving related deaths. As a counteraction to MADD, the Amethyst…

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  • The Importance Of Lowering Drinking Age To 18

    According to Dan Lyons from Bloomsbury New Jersey, one of the most effective laws ever passed was requiring purchasers of alcohol to be 21 years of age. In 1984, Congress urged every state to require 21 as the legal drinking age for purchasing alcoholic drinks (Lyons). An estimated 1,071 lives were saved on the highways alone in 1987, and more than 20,000 lives since then (Lyons). As Robert Voas states, “The 21 law is predicated on the fact that drinking is more dangerous for youth because…

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  • Raising The Drinking Age Essay

    all of the states to determine the minimum drinking age that they thought was most appropriate. Most states decided on 21 years old at the minimum legal drinking age. In 1971, most states lowered the drinking age to 18 because the voting age was lowered to 18 also. The Enactment of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 raised the minimum legal drinking age was back to 21 years old (“Drinking age,” 2015, p. 1). Many believed that establishing the minimum age at 21 would prevent underage…

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  • Minimum Legal Drinking Age

    Today drinking has become one of the largest social issues among young people in the United States. In 1933, the eighteenth amendment of the United States Constitution effectively established the prohibition of alcohol beverages by declaring the production, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages illegal in the United States. In 1984, the law of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed by lawmakers in congress. This law of the minimum drinking age ultimately told the United…

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  • Legal Drinking Age Analysis

    inescapable. Such prevalence of alcohol within American society raises a question concerning the appropriate minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) for an increasingly dynamic culture. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 punished states that allowed persons below age 21 to purchase and consume alcohol by withdrawing highway funding. Consequently by 1987, all 50 states had adopted an MLDA of 21. However despite current nationwide restriction, drinking remains commonplace among a high…

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  • Benefits Of Lowering The Minimum Legal Drinking Age

    topic of US’ states lowering the minimum drinking age to eighteen or keeping the age at twenty one has been a hot, controversial topic over the past few years. As of July 1988, each of the fifty states have made their MLDA, minimum legal drinking age, twenty one (Eastman). Given that each state has the same drinking age, it greatly reduces drinking and driving among teens because they cannot drive to another state, drink, and return home while intoxicated. Although both sides of the argument…

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  • Conflict Theory And The Drinking Age

    change is based upon conflicts within the society. People between the ages of 18 and 21, called stakeholders, feel that they aren’t getting to exercise all of their rights to being an adult by government definition. They given all of the responsibilities and consequences of adults such as the right to vote, the ability to adopt, the right to join the military, the right to be charged with the highest punishment if accused of a crime, the right to get married, the right to buy and create…

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  • Pros And Cons Of The Drinking Age

    a robe and shakes her husband awake. The two of them rushed to the hospital ignoring the speed limit signs flashing past the windows. Upon arrival they find their son lying in a hospital bed mangled, bruised, and hooked to a tangle of tubes. Jeremy had been drinking with his other teenage friends and they had gotten into a car while…

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  • Benefits Of The Drinking Age

    Drinking Age The percent of alcohol consumption in the United States by underage drinkers is 11.4 percent (11 Facts). Underage drinking is common and most people think it is inadequate. Though it has its negatives, alcohol also has many benefits. If one drinks a moderate amount of alcohol, it can lower the risk for cardiovascular disease, decrease the chances for developing Type 2 diabetes, and decrease the chances for the common cold in the cases of non-smokers. Moderate drinkers are…

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