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Lower the Drinking Age from 21 to 18!

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Back in the mid-1980's, the minimum legal drinking age was raised on a state and national level from 18 to 21.  The theory behind this move was that raising the drinking age would prevent drinking and thereby lower drunk driving accidents among 18, 19, and 20-year-olds.

After some 30 years into this experiment, it has been proven that the higher drinking age of 21 has not led to less drinking among the target age group. Many studies have show, for example, that binge drinking has become more and more of a problem for this age group, especially on college and university campuses.

Furthermore, though organizations such as MADD--Mothers Against Drunk Driving--were among the primary instigators of forcing both state and national legislatures to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21, it has been shown that the real reasons for the decrease in drunk driving fatalities is primarily due to the following factors: 1) Increased public awareness of the problem of drunk driving, 2) increased police focus on drunk driving, 3) increased judicial penalties for those found guilty of drunk driving, and 4) automotive improvements such as shoulder harness restrictors, anti-lock brakes, and airbags, among others, all of which were either very rare or non-existent on most cars in the mid-1980's, but which are now standard on almost all cars today.

In the USA today, 16-year-olds are given the ability to drive, while 18-year-olds are able to legally marry. 18-year-olds can also enlist in the military, and do fight and sometimes die for their country.  But when these young veterans come back home after a tour of duty, they are not even legally allowed to order a glass of beer or wine with their dinner.  Surely this is an absurd and preposterous situation.

When you take a look at the minimum legal drinking age in other countries around the world, you'll find that the vast majority--roughly 77%--have drinking ages of 18, or sometimes even lower, as it is not uncommon to find a number of European countries that set their drinking age at just 16.

Keeping the drinking age at 21 is both unfair and unjust.  This denies young adults privileges and rights to which they should be entitled.  Not only is this abnormally high drinking age fostering a general disrespect for the law among many young adults, but it is not even effective in the sole area--reducing drunk driving fatalities--which it claims as it's "raison d'etre."

To sum up, keeping the drinking age at 21 is more or less a form of prohibition, and any student of US history should know that Prohibition was a dismal failure. If young adults can legally marry at 18, and join the military at 18, there is no good reason why the drinking age should not be restored to 18 as well.  If you agree, please sign this petition, and contact your political representatives to let your opinion be known on this important issue.  Thanks for your support.




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