Along with statistical data, this article will explore the history of the legal drinking age in the united states as well as the prevalence of underage drinking in other countries with lower legal drinking ages in. The legal drinking age: 18, 21, or 25 by elements behavioral health posted on january 22, 2013 in adolescent issues debates over the age of legal drinking in the us are a common occurrence, especially at times of the year when it comes into the spotlight. Minimum legal drinking age (mlda) laws specify the legal age when an individual can purchase or publicly consume alcoholic beverages the mlda in the united states is 21 years however, prior to the enactment of the national minimum drinking age act of 1984, the legal age when alcohol could be purchased varied from state to state. In a report titled “case closed: research evidence on the positive public health impact of the age 21 minimum legal drinking age in the united states,” published in a special supplement to the journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, dejong and a colleague found that studies done since 2006—when the debate over age-21 laws flared up—have continued to demonstrate that the mandates work. The purpose of having the legal drinking age at 21 is supposedly to protect children from the negative effects of alcohol however, having the drinking age so high has the opposite effect on teens.
Read the pros and cons of the debate the legal drinking age in the united states should be lowered to 18. The main gist of the debate over the legal drinking age in the united states is that people are normally considered to be adults. Did you know that the united state’s minimum drinking age of 21 years old is the highest in the world (except for a few states in india) if you have ever talked to anyone who was born in the 1970s or earlier, they might have told you that they could legally drink under the age of 21 this is true because each state is responsible for setting its own minimum legal drinking age not the. But what should be the legal drinking age in the united states is still become one of the most ongoing and controversial debate that we will find in the united states the minimum drinking age continues to stir controversy specifically because age 18 is viewed as an important age for americans once an individual turns to 18, he or she is now considered as a legal adult as legal adult.
The legal drinking age in the united states, kazakhstan, and micronesia is 21 several other nations, including japan and iceland, follow closely behind, with an age of 20 in these countries, it is believed that setting a higher drinking age encourages people to be more responsible, and also cuts down on the frequency of accidents involving youth and alcohol in most countries, the age at. On july 17, 1984, president ronald reagan signed the national minimum drinking age act, a law that required states to raise the drinking age to 21 or. The drinking age should be lowered to 18 because you can vote at eighteen, buy tobacco, it’ll reduce the thrill of breaking the law, evidence supports that early introduction of drinking is the safest way to reduce juvenile alcohol abuse, and college people that are not 21 drink also if teenagers that are now turning 18 can vote, then they should be able to drink at the age of 18 if teens.
The debate on lowering the drinking age 60 minutes: some say age should be lowered to 18, but madd and others strongly disagree. The united states’ minimum legal drinking age (mlda) of twenty one is almost a perfect example of a policy with unrealistic expectations and serious unintended consequences the current policy that the united states has in effect criminalizes youth who consume alcohol at less than twenty one years. Since the passing of the national minimum drinking age act of 1984, a person must be 21 or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages in the united states some groups would like to see the age lowered to 18, while others argue that the age should stay at 21 i will take the position that the. The case is closed in the debate over whether the government should lower the legal drinking age, as research consistently reports the law helps save lives, rather than encourage underage drinking. The drinking age should be lowered to 18 in the united states, after the age of 18 young people are no longer consider juveniles when you reach the age of 18 you can vote, sign contacts, join.
In the united states all 50 states have the minimum drinking age set at 21, the highest in the world many european countries have the minimum set at 18 over the past several years, many studies have been conducted to study whether the drinking age should be lowered or raised. The national minimum drinking age act of 1984 helped raise the minimum drinking age from 18 to 21 in all fifty states state and local governments are responsible for enforcing the act state and local governments are responsible for enforcing the act. But almost 80 years after repealing alcohol prohibition in the united states, there's still a minimum legal drinking age of 21 and the debate over the issue is in a siberia of political hibernation. On the anniversary of the passage of the national minimum drinking age act, a look at the history of the legal drinking age in the us in fact, it was 18, 19, or 20 in some states in the early. Lesley stahl examines the debate over lowering the drinking age to 18, a controversial idea embraced by some people and roundly criticized by groups like mot.
Minimum legal drinking ages around the world vary dramatically most such laws apply only to drinking alcoholic beverages in public locations the only country with a minimum legal age for consuming alcohol at home is the united kingdom, which prohibits drinking below the age of six. Alcohol consumption by youth in the united states of america is an umbrella term for alcohol consumption by individuals under the age of 18 in the country although the minimum legal age to purchase alcohol is 21 in all states (see national minimum drinking age act), the legal details for consumption vary greatly while a few states completely ban alcohol usage for people under 18, the. Here in the united states the legal drinking age is twenty-one there has been much debate on whether the drinking age in the united states should be lowered from twenty-one to eighteen people in favor of keeping the drinking age at twenty-one believe that there will be less alcohol related injuries and deaths from vehicle accidents, as well less alcohol abuse among teens due to binge. Is it time to lower the drinking age to 18 the legal drinking age in the united states has been 21 since the national minimum drinking age.
For much of the 20th century, the legal drinking age in the united states had a bumpy ride after prohibition ended in 1933, you had to be 21 to sidle up to a bar during the height of the vietnam war, 18 was your ticket to a six-pack but by the late ’70s, the minimum drinking age was all over the map, literally, with various states having tacked on an extra year or two.