Minimum legal drinking age (mlda) laws were established in the united states after the repeal of prohibition in 1933 many states set the mlda at 21 during that time when the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 in 1971, many states lowered their drinking age to 18 or 19 studies in the 1970s and. Underage drinking alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the united states 1 excessive drinking is minimum legal drinking age. The main gist of the debate over the legal drinking age in the united states is that people are normally considered to be adults. Dejong, w, & blanchette, j case closed: research evidence on the positive public health impact of the age 21 minimum legal drinking age in the united states journal of studies on alcohol and. The minimum legal drinking age and morbidity in the us of the effect of the us minimum legal drinking age for 20 year olds in the united states is 7 per.
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. Return the drinking age to 18, and enforce it gabrielle glaser is the author, most recently, prohibition, which banned most alcohol in the united states from 1920 to 1933, normalized the. 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 1.
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. The legal drinking age got swept up in the political upheaval of the era, as states generally reexamined their age-of-majority laws between 1970 and 1976 , 29 states lowered their age for drinking alcohol. Though its legal drinking age is highest among all the countries surveyed, the united states has a higher rate of dangerous intoxication occasions than many countries that not only have drinking ages that are lower or nonexistent, but also have much higher levels of per capita consumption. Underage drinking is viewed as a problem in many places, especially in nations like the united states, which do not allow people to drink until they have reached the age of 21 while exceptions are made for religious purposes, such as the consumption of communion wine, other infractions of the minimum age can be severely punished, especially if. Drinking age should remain 21 today in the united states, the current drinking age is 21 president ronald reagan, in 1984, proposed the idea to knock off ten percent of each state's funds for the highways that did not commit to changing their legal drinking age to 21.
In addition, many states have laws that provide that social hosts are responsible for underage drinking events on property they own, lease, or otherwise control, whether or not the social host actually provides the alcohol. When the national minimum drinking age act of 1984 was passed, states were forced to raise their legal drinking age to 21 or face a 10 percent decrease in federal highway funding politicians. The mechanism for this debate is simple: passing a law to change the legal drinking age for the us, this could be changing from 21 to 18 for the uk, from 18 to 16 for other european countries, considering that 18 is now a common drinking age, 16 would also be suitable here.
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. Should the legal drinking age be lowered raising the drinking age to 21 hasn't reduced drinking -- it's merely driven it underground, to the riskiest of settings western states. 23 cfr part 1208 - national minimum drinking age lii has no control over and does not endorse any external internet site that contains links to or references lii us code toolbox.
Should we lower the drinking age cons of lowering the drinking age to 18 in the united states debate about rolling back the nationwide legal drinking age of 21 with a new study that. The debate on lowering the drinking age 60 minutes: some say age should be lowered to 18, but madd and others strongly disagree a bill passing through congress could change the way states. An argument supporting lowering the drinking age citing that alcohol-related issues persist regardless of age and 18-year-olds should have the right to drink. But dejong says other countries serve as tales of caution for what would happen if the united states was to reverse its stance on a higher drinking age the minimum legal drinking age varied.
Should the united states follow other countries in their quest to end the debate on the drinking age the united states can take a look at other states such as: germany, the netherlands and france, and see how successful they are. The minimum driving age should be raised to 18 please cast your vote after you've read the arguments you can also add to the debate by leaving a comment at the end of the page. 18 interesting pro lowering the drinking age statistics should the drinking age be lowered from 21 in the united states this question is making its rounds and is a legitimate question to ask. The minimum drinking age on a us military installation located outside the united states is 18 years of age higher minimum drinking ages may be based on.