DRINKING AGE LIMIT On December 5, 1933, the repeal of alcohol prohibition by the 21st Amendment allowed each state to set its own drinking age limit laws. At that time most of the states’ minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) was 21. Later during the Vietnam War era, the passage of the 26th Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 in July 1, 1971. Following this, thirty states lowered their MLDA to 20, 19, and 18. During the 1970’s reports showed that teenage car accidents increased in states where the MLDA had been lowered from 21 years old.
David Amalfitano Dr. Corso English 101-L 18 November 2008 The Law is the Law The drinking age has been a controversial subject and as serious as it is, this issue should not be taken lightly. Whether to keep the age of 21 or lower the drinking age to 18 has been debated over the years; the age now to legally drink is 21 and has been for 40 years and should not be changed. Keeping the drinking age at 21 will solve those problems dealing with the consequences that come from underage drinking. For almost 40 years, most states have set their minimum drinking age law at 21. Hanson presents that at the height of the Vietnam War in the early 1970s, 29 states began lowering their drinking age to more closely align with
This controversy can be broken down into three main points of argument: safety, bingeing behavior, and maturity. The legal drinking age has always been a source of debate in this country, but in 2009, when “the 1984 drinking law that helps determine the drinking age [came] up for renewal,” the debate became a very popular and heated topic. According to a national survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “Alcohol Use Among Persons Aged 14 to 20,” in 2005 was “28.2”
But the organization continues to struggle to prevent deaths, eliminate drunk driving, and deal with juvenile drinking. The organization provides the one of the biggest victim support services in the United States. Support is offered to a victim once every eight minutes. A twenty-seven percent decrease in deaths due to drunk driving was noted since 2006. A reduction in juvenile drinking was also noted.
Reagan’s policies reflected conservative politics and contributed to simulation of the economy in many ways. Reagan was one of the people that where involved with the Economic Recovery Tax act in 1981. The Economic Recovery Tax Act cut all income taxes by twenty five percent, and reduced the top income tax rate from seventy percent to fifty percent. In the beginning of the fall in 1982 the economy began a sixth straight mount growth due to the Economic Recovery Tax Act. This was the longest uninterrupted period of expansion since the government started keeping track in 1854.During this time fifteen million new jobs were created and just under twenty trillion dollars worth of good and services were produced.
Erin Young English 101 Online Hour – October 22, 2010 The Drinking Age Debate Too Young to have fun is an online database article discussing the drinking age. In 1984 the Reagan administration ordered all the states to rise their drinking age to 21 or loose 10% of their federal highway funds. In some states, that would mean losing up to $50 million dollars. They purposed this change thinking that it would somehow curve underage drinking but it only made it worse causing criminal records to rise, even though the fatalities among underage drunk drivers declined by 13%. I believe this article supported my decision about lowering the drinking age because the article insinuated that by raising the drinking age, more deaths occurred as well
Those under the age of 21 are more likely to be heavy -- sometimes called "binge" -- drinkers (consuming over 5 drinks at least once a week). For example, 22% of all students under 21 compared to 18% over 21 years of age are heavy drinkers. Among drinkers only, 32% of under age compared to 24% of legal age are heavy drinkers. Research from the early 1980s until the present has shown a continuous decrease in drinking and driving related variables which has parallel the nation's, and also university students, decrease in per capita consumption. However, these declines started in 1980 before the national 1987 law which mandated states to have 21 year old alcohol purchase laws.
and Robert Kennedy the 1960’s were two foundational instances when the government knew they had to act and strengthen gun control laws. Gun control laws have always been an issue for every state. One of the biggest issues is that we don’t have enough people that are willing to speak up for stricter gun control laws. According to an Associated Press poll in December, “only half of Americans thought that gun laws should be stricter and 15% actually said they should be less strict.” I think we can all agree that gun control laws should be stricter. There are people who are mentally ill that are able to purchase guns with the intent of killing people.
Britney Pickering Mary Fahey English 1A; 2-3:20 16 April 2014 Legal Drinking Age: The American drinking culture is a nice chunk of American history, especially when one targets the youth and their rambunctious acts of drinking alcoholic beverages. All around drinking culture tends to be a very important factor when it comes to youth’s social life and although the legal drinking age is 21, everyday that law is broken. According to a study conducted in 2007 by NESARC, in the past years, 46% of young adults involved themselves with extensive drinking that were well over the suggested limits (Nakaya 39). This subject is crucial for others to investigate, especially that of the younger generation, because it will allow insight behind the
Drinking- What Age? Assignment: : Write a paragraph in which you argue or persuade your reader that the legal age for driving a car should be lowered or raised or that there should be a maximum age at which a person is allowed to drive. Do sixteen year olds have a higher rate of accidents? Yes, it is true that sixteen year olds have a higher rate of accidents in their first year of driving than any other age group; however changing the driving age will only change the statistics against eighteen year olds. If the law is changed, eighteen year olds will substitute the first year driving statistics for sixteen year olds.