Prohibition, which banned most alcohol in the united states from 1920 to 1933, normalized the frenzied sort of drinking that occurs today at college parties — should the drinking age be lowered why then you will get a consequence they made it the age 21 for a reason but, if they change the age to 18 or 19 then somebody. Under the nmdaa, the federal government ordered the states to increase their minimum legal drinking age to 21 years old states were free to say no, but for any state that did so it would lose approximately 10% of its federal funding for highway public transportation under another act called the federal aid highway act. The increase in the minimum legal drinking age (mlda) has saved 23,733 lives in the united states however this remarkably precise estimate is of total lives saved, not of lives saved under 21 moreover, recent research suggests that the 21 mlda may not alone prevent alcohol-related traffic fatalities from occurring, but simply postpone the age.
Eight exceptions to the minimum legal drinking age (mlda) of 21: is enrolled in a university or a post-secondary school accredited or certified by an agency recognized by the united states department of education, a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association, or the 'private occupational education act of 1981', article 59 of. Did you ever wonder why the legal drinking age is 21 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. 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. Dwight b heath knows what he is about to say will sound a little crazy to most people.
When we raise the drinking age to 21, which incidentally is the highest in the world, it makes drinking more attractive to young people, says david j hanson, phd, professor of sociology at. The drinking age in the united states (21), adopted in 1984, is one of the highest in the world countries that compare in severity are only a few, including indonesia, kazakhstan, cameroon, oman. The legal drinking age in the united states has been 21 since the national minimum drinking age act in 1984 when president ronald just say no reagan signed the act, he issued a blanket.
The effects of minimum legal drinking age 21 laws on alcohol-related driving in the united states since january 2007, organized efforts in nine states have been directed at some form of legislation to lower mlda-21, at least for some people there were ballot initiatives in missouri and south dakota. The united states is one of a handful of countries that uses 21 as the minimum legal drinking age pretty much the rest of the developed world sets the minimum drinking age at 18. Minimum legal drinking age as of 1969 the alcohol laws of the united states regarding minimum age for purchase have changed over time this history is given in the table below for residents of bordering states with age limit 21 1963: raised to 21 (off-premises beer sales, remained 18 for on-premises.
The usa legal drinking age should be lowered to 18 from 21 2 comments on the usa legal drinking age should be lowered to 18 from 21 subscribe notify of maria maria the united states needs too change the drinking age to 18 for the sake of ethic and responsibility, and allow those who come home from war to enjoy the same pleasures. 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. In fact, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, many states lowered the legal drinking age from 21 to 18 following this change, the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities among young people increased.
Each state sets its own policy on the legal age to drink and, once prohibition ended in 1933, most states adopted 21 and kept this policy until the 1960s then the war in vietnam, where many us soldiers were younger than 21, became an impetus to lower the drinking age. The map of legal drinking ages shifts over the years, but americans generally had to be 21 to legally drink in the majority of the country until the 1970s in 1971, the 26th amendment changed the. A change in federal law eventually pushed all states to adopt a minimum drinking age of 21 by 1988 but in recent years, the benefits of the age-21 law have been challenged based on dejong’s review, the recent research supports what earlier work had shown: since the legal drinking age was set at 21, young people have been drinking less and.