Yes, we think so and history documents this. Marsh Maryrose October 5, at There will certainly be future litigation when other federal programs are changed and all of the funding for the existing program is at risk, however. Although a significant body of literature suggests that an early onset of alcohol use is correlative with alcohol abuse later in life, the same literature also indicates no significant difference in rates of alcohol abuse between those who start drinking at 18, 19, 20 or Address honor codes, school and community policies on enforcement to send a consistent message.
Are the laws on the books being effectively enforced and supported by the community at large. Louis area and has been practicing in the field for 11 years. Lowering the drinking age would be accompanied by other harmful behavior such as unplanned or unwanted sexual activity, violence, alcohol poisoning, etc.
Though organizations like MADD claim the 21 year-old drinking age has saved over 21, lives since the mids, its is impossible to assert a cause and effect relationship between the change in the law and the decline in alcohol-related traffic fatalities; many other factors, such as safer vehicles and more stringent drunk driving laws have played an undeniably important role see below.
Given the science on the physical and neurodevelopment of individuals between the ages of there needs to be more informed conversation around legislation and possible changes to drinking laws. Do kids generally attend parties with adults.
These studies identify physical changes in the brain and evidence of impaired problem solving and other cognitive functioning. Many opponents say that individuals are unable to manage alcohol responsibly on a social and cognitive level until age A unique natural experiment allowed analysis of what happens when the drinking age goes down and then back up: US students frequently report no restrictions on obtaining alcohol in Mexico, for instance, even at years of age.
Education and social responsibility would also include passing an exam to obtain a license to drink. Outlining the arguments… What are the arguments for the 21 year-old drinking age. Kids are way beyond this level when they arrive, although these programs have been shown to reduce harm at college, too.
Ultimately, the primary goal of the course is to reinforce responsible drinking and encourage young adults to make informed decisions about alcohol use. Evidence has also emerged over the past couple of years about the impact of alcohol on the developing brains of young people.
It is unlikely that a lower drinking age would increase rates of alcohol abuse. According to the University of Minnesota who reviewed over 57 studies, found that older drinking ages were associated with lower crash rates. During the s and s, legislative changes, increased law enforcement, tougher prosecution and punishment, highly visible advocacy, and public education were all components of the "war on drunk driving.
Changing the law to suit the residential population of those does not serve the majority of this demographic group who are not residing in a resident college. Alan Lafond October 6, at In addition to the unhealthy side effects of heavy alcohol consumption, neurological research also suggests those patterns of excessive drinking lead to decreases in memory recall and a decline in cognitive abilities over time.
Community Discussion — Share your thoughts here. Thulcandran October 8, at 2: How would the change in the law address this.
Any benefits of the 21 year-old drinking age have come to be more than offset by unintended and largely negative consequences. Until that social issue is addressed, changing the law is taking a huge leap of faith, fraught with risk. History[ edit ] Legislation concerning the legal minimum drinking age in the United States can be traced back to the days of Prohibition.
Crashes increased when the drinking age was lowered, and declined when the drinking age was raised. Studies from Harvard, Northwestern University, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee showed that young adults who had taken various amounts of marijuana, showed abnormalities such as cognitive decline, poor attention, and memory and decreased IQ for those that used at least 1x per week.
The reason the State allows us to do these things is due to the assumption that we are making an 'informed' decision, meaning that we clearly understand the potential consequences of our actions. Consumption of this substance at a young age would increase health risks, not decrease them.
Despite the higher drinking age, the level of automobile crashes and fatalities related to drinking is higher in the US than other countries.
Current scientific data has proven that alcohol, when consumed the in any amount, but especially at levels kids are using today, is damaging to the developing brain cognitively, emotionally, functionally.
The majority of high school seniors reach the age of 18 by senior year in high school; lowering the drinking age would pose significant risk to them and to their younger classmates and siblings and transfer an even larger problem to the high school community.
It saves lives by preventing alcohol-related traffic fatalities for year olds and the rest of the population Since the developing adolescent brain is affected differently by alcohol than the adult brain, the 21 year-old drinking age protects adolescents and young adults from the its potentially negative consequences The earlier one starts to drink, the more likely he or she will experience alcohol dependence and related problems later in life.
Back to top Why do you think a change in the legal drinking age is a viable strategy for reducing harmful and dangerous drinking patterns in young people. Furthermore, for all alcohol related fatalities not associated with automobiles, raising the drinking age to 21 has had no discernible effect on fatalities associated with alcohol.
That young people drink so much may be related to the drinking age, but some believe that the restriction should be raised even higher, to the age of Many proponents of this idea cite the excessive drinking, not of high schoolers, but of college students.
Lowering The Legal Drinking Age - Adolescence is a time for teens to grow and mature into young adults. However, sometimes growing up takes a wrong turn when illegal substances are. The Uniform Drinking Act, which compelled states to set the legal drinking age at 21 by withholding ten percent of highway funding from states that kept the minimum legal drinking age at 18, is an example of federal government overreach into state affairs.
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 ofthe legal age when alcohol could be purchased varied from state to state.
1. Beforethe minimum legal drinking age varied from state to state. Many states lowered their drinking ages to 18, 19 or 20 during the Vietnam War era, and subsequently reversed them after they saw increases in alcohol-related traffic incidents.
Should the Legal Drinking Age be Raised to 25? In the last few years, new studies have shed light on the age that young people reach physical maturity and it’s notLegal drinking age should be raised