Lower the Legal Drinking Age to 18

Lower the Legal Drinking Age to 18

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Johann Vennink started this petition to Representative Gus M. Bilirakis and

          In 1984, Congress enacted a law that made the legal drinking age 21, with the support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Since then, the rate of drunk driving accidents has fallen. But is this due to good lawmaking, or is it something else? I think something else, because according to the CDC, at least 29% of high school students drink (and they are underage).

          When young drivers begin driving, they are required to take a driving course. Education is the key to safe driving. In the course of that education, there is a drug and alcohol course - the only problem is that alcohol is largely skimmed over, without much detail. So if safe driving is from good education, why not safe drinking as well?

               My proposal is to lower the drinking age to 18, with several provisions to ensure the safety of new drinkers, and to teach them how to manage alcohol. First, I propose to make an alcohol license, similar to the drivers license. From age 18-21, the amount of alcohol you can buy is limited, and you can only receive the license after completing a thorough alcohol education course. After you turn 21, your license basically becomes void, because you will have no limits.

          The education course would cover such topics as the different types of alcohol, how potent and dangerous they are, threats to your health via binge-drinking, decision-making practice when drunk, and drunk driving simulators, complete with a final assessment to ensure that people demonstrate the responsibility needed to handle alcohol safely.

          Please consider joint my petition, seeing as in a couple months, I can be tried in federal court, go to federal prison, serve in the military, and vote, but I won’t be able to “crack a cold one” with the boys to celebrate.

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