Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered

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Should the legal drinking age be lowered? There always has been great controversy in the U.S on lowered the age to drinking liquor. All 50 US states have the minimum drinking age to 21 with exceptions to state-by-state based on consumption at home, under adult supervision, for medical necessity, and other reasons. 18 year olds Americans can vote go to war, take on debt for their education, get married and yet they cannot legally have a beer. Why? Is the main question asked? Many Americans believe the underage drinking age percentage would drop if the age is lowered. Some reasons of why Americans under 21 drink: peer pressure, enjoyment, etc. But the main reason for doing so is “breaking the law.” 87% of high school seniors have used alcohol. That means that a large quantity of teens under the age of 17 to 18 have used alcohol before. We all know the reason why teenager drink, is common since. Just the feel that they get of breaking the law is huge. Being rebel and not following the rules is an important role of a teenager life somehow. (Teen Ink, 1989) The repeal of alcohol prohibition by the 21st Amendment on Dec. 5, 1933 allowed each state to set its own alcohol consumption laws. At that time, most states established the MLDA for alcohol at 21 years of age, although two states set an MLDA of 21 for men and 18 for women: Illinois (1933-1961) and Oklahoma (1933-1976). The 1976 US Supreme Court case Craig v. Boren (1.58 MB) ruled 7-2 that this age difference violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Following the July 1, 1971 passage of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the legal voting age from 21 to 18 years of age, 30 US states lowered their MLDA to 18, 19, or 20; by 1982, only 14 states still had an MLDA of 21. (Proncon.Ing, background) The flaunting of the current laws is readily seen among university students. Those
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