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Pros... Cons... Lowering The Drinking Age? On the one hand you possess the maturity, and the judgement, and the sufficiently developed brains to serve on a jury, to sign a contract, to take out a loan and fight for your country, but why can't I buy a beer? Some answer because you lack the judgement maturity and brain development. Did You Know? Although many believe that anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited from consuming alcohol in the United States, underage drinking is allowed in 29 states if done on private premises with parental consent, 30 states if for religious purposes, and 13 states if for educational purposes Between 1970 to 1975, 29 states lowered their Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) from 21 to 18, 19, or 20. The enactment of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 prompted states to raise their legal age for purchase or public possession of alcohol to 21 or risk losing millions in federal highway funds. Bar graph of current, binge, and heavy alcohol use among persons aged 12 to 20, by gender in 2007. Alex Oliveira Anthony Todt Presented By When adolescents are not taught to drink in moderation, they end up binge drinking. It is better to teach youth to learn how to drink responsibly and hold them accountable for their actions as we do with driving Lowering the drinking age will make alcohol less of a taboo, take away the thrill that many young people get from breaking the law, and make alcohol consumption a more normalized activity done in moderation. Enforcing an MLDA of 21 is expensive and inefficient. Drinking is still a major problem among teens. It would be more effective to spend money on educating youth about alcohol than to spend it on enforcement of drinking laws for 18 to 20 year olds. 1. 2. 3. Although the United States increased the MLDA to 21, its rate of traffic fatalities in the 1980s decreased less than that of European countries whose legal drinking ages are lower than 21 proving that establishing an MLDA at 21 is not necessarily an effective way to reduce traffic fatalities. 4. When teens drink alcohol, they are more likely to binge drink than people above the age of 21, thus demonstrating that teens are more prone to alcohol abuse than older demographics and should not be allowed to consume alcohol. The earlier a person begins alcohol use, the greater the chances are of that person becoming an alcoholic later in life, suffering negative physical withdrawal symptoms, and harming his/her brain during its development. Lower drinking ages to 16, 17, or 18 like the MLDA in some European countries is inappropriate for US standards because American teens generally start driving at earlier ages and drive more often than their European counterparts. American teens are thus much more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol if the drinking age were lowered in the US Raising the MLDA back to 21 has decreased the percentage of fatal traffic accidents for those between 18 to 20 by 13% and has saved approximately 21,887 lives (195 KB)  from 1975-2002. 1. 2.Full transcript
1. 2. 3. Sources http://drinkingage.procon.org/ http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=60+minutes+lowering+the+drinking+age&aq=0 http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cnn+drinking+age+debate&aq=0 & Should they lower the age of drinking or no?