Drinking Age - National Youth Rights Association

In 1999, the legal age for drinking was lowered from 20 years old to 18 years old.
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Is the National Drinking Age Doing More Harm Than …

However, often the stories that the news ran, the statistics and studies shown were not a hundred percent accurate relating to teen drinking and traffic incidents.
The push to get it enacted
Resistance to the
National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984
from several states resulted in Congress making a provision that had some questioning the merits of states' rights.

Under this act, the states were allowed two years to change the drinking age to 21 before the consequence of withholding a portion of federal highway funds would take effect.

Effects of minimum drinking age laws: review and analyses of the literature from 1960 to 2000.
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Should the drinking age be lowered from 21 to a younger age?

(Studio) Various drinking ages of individual states illustrated on map; cong. hearings on possibility of national drinking age noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Many argue The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 was a loss for state’s rights and youth rights.
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Also, the media played a significant role in changing the public’s opinion of what the minimum drinking age should be set at.
National Minimum Drinking Age Act
of 1984

News media began being plagued with stories showing studies that proved teenagers' alcohol consumption was out of control.

Voas, claims that there is no better policy for safe traffic with more evidence of its efficacy than legal age drinking laws.
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Turn Down for What: Does the Minimum Drinking Age Act …

At first, the Administration, citing its concerns about such interference, opposed any attempt by the Federal Government to force states to adopt a minimum drinking age of 21. The President reversed that position last week after the House, which is controlled by the Democrats, approved a measure to withhold Federal highway funds from states that did not raise their legal drinking age to 21.

National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 - Prezi

While a common argument is that the high drinking age has saved lives when it comes to drunk driving, more than three out of five alcohol-related deaths of underage drinkers occurred off-road, according to the same Huffington Post article.
The minimum legal drinking age should be lowered, period. Eighteen-year-old individuals are adults who should be able to make their own decisions regarding alcohol.

In short, because of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984

But he added that the problem of drunken driving was ''a national tragedy involving transit across state borders,'' and that it was one of a few ''special cases in which overwhelming need can be dealt with by prudent and limited Federal action.''

23 U.S.C. 158 - National minimum drinking age

For decades, ever since the days of Prohibition, in fact, many politicians, academics, and parents alike have engaged in the drinking age debate – the question being whether or not the legal drinking age of 21 should be lowered to 18?

158 - National minimum drinking age ..

The legal drinking age in our nation, which is dictated on a state-by-state basis, has a varied history. At the repeal of Prohibition, the legal drinking age was accepted nationwide as 21, but when the voting age dropped from 21 to 18 in the early 1970s, many states followed suit by lowering the drinking age as well. However, not long after, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 was passed, punishing states that allowed persons under 21 to purchase and publicly possess alcoholic beverages.