Friday, September 25, 2015

Drinking age

Although many believe that anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited from consuming alcohol in the United States, underage drinking is allowed in 29 states if done on private premises with parental consent, 25 states if for religious purposes, and 11 states if for educational purposes. Back in the day, 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. But, 18 is the age of adulthood in the United States, and adults should have the right to make their own decisions about alcohol consumption. Allowing 18- to 20-year-olds to drink alcohol in regulated environments with supervision would decrease unsafe drinking activity. Although, the Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) would give high schoolers and even middle schoolers easier access to alcohol. Drinking overall is still an ongoing debate and may always be.
--Faith Gilbert

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