Claim: president obama has signed a new law lowering the drinking age to 18 i read an article today saying that president obama signed a law to lower the drinking age to 18, and it be in effect. Return the drinking age to 18 -- and then enforce the law the current system, which forbids alcohol to americans under 21, is widely flouted, with disastrous consequences teaching people to drink responsibly before they turn 21 would enormously enhance public health. Mlda 21 should not be lowered to mirror european drinking age limits because the rate of drinking among us teenagers is lower than most european countries 20% of american youth aged 16-to-17 and 74% aged 14-to-15 report drinking alcohol in the past month compared to an average 38% of european youth aged 15-to-16 years.
In the 1960s the age for buying or drinking beer and wine in the district of columbia (washington, dc) was 18 the age for hard liquor was 21   residents from virginia and maryland would often drive to dc to obtain alcohol.
But everyone knows that the 21 age limit hasn't stopped minors from drinking and now some experts believe it's actually contributing to an increase in extreme drinking this is what the former president of middlebury college in vermont, john mccardell, believes and it's why he started the movement dedicated to lowering the age back to 18. Should the drinking age be lowered to 18 or 19 adapted from, and in, drinking on campus, cq researcher 8 (march 20,1998):257 issue's author karen scrivo. The legal age of 21 in the us has been in force since the national minimum drinking age act of 1984 the organization mothers against drunk driving have sharply oppose d the lowering, given that some 25,000 deaths were avoided after the age was raised to 21.
Therefore the drinking age should be lowered for the age 21 to the age 18 for many reasons including that people are adults at the age of 18 and should be trusted to make their own decisions about alcohol consumption. When the age was raised to 21 in the mid-1980s, the goal was to reduce highway fatalities but everyone knows that the 21 age limit hasn't stopped minors from drinking and now some experts believe it's actually contributing to an increase in extreme drinking. In louisiana, the 1987 law raising the age from 18 to 21 was deliberately written solely to comply with the national minimum drinking age act of 1984 to avoid losing highway funding, while still allowing 18- to 20-year-olds to drink as before. Since we have not lowered the drinking age to 18 years old, we do not know what the consequences would be in this country, but we can look at the change new zealand made to their drinking age in 1999 as possible example.
The drinking age should be lowered back to the age of 18 i feel that for many reasons including that people are adults at that age and should be able to make their own decisions setting the minimum legal drinking age (mlda) to 21 is unconstitutional and setting the drinking age to 21 sent the wrong message to teens in the us.
If the question was whether to lower the drinking age to say, 15, this would be a much different conversation but the mere three years between 18 and 21 doesn't make that big of a difference it's pretty much the same brain -- physiologically, and psychologically. It is time for the legal drinking age to be lowered to 18 years of age some argue, 18-year-olds are too immature and irresponsible to consume alcohol, but i disagree once someone turns 18, life opens up and they acquire multiple obligations and privileges.