18 November 2008
The Law is the Law
The drinking age has been a controversial subject and as serious as it is, this issue should not be taken lightly. Whether to keep the age of 21 or lower the drinking age to 18 has been debated over the years; the age now to legally drink is 21 and has been for 40 years and should not be changed. Keeping the drinking age at 21 will solve those problems dealing with the consequences that come from underage drinking.
For almost 40 years, most states have set their minimum drinking age law at 21. Hanson presents that at the height of the Vietnam War in the early 1970s, 29 states began lowering their drinking age to more closely align with the newly reduced military enlistment and voting age in 1969. Among those 29 states that lowered the drinking age to 18, there was no uniformity in age limits; drinking ages varied from 18 to 20, and sometimes even varied based upon the type of alcohol being consumed (Hanson, 2007). Since then, the minimum drinking age has been reconsidered, and even though the age for being a legal adult is 18, it has been confusing to some that the age for drinking is 21. But if these people only knew the truth of drinking and all of the harms it can do to a person under the age of 21, they might reconsider their stand.
Laws dealing with alcohol prevention have been a debated since Prohibition, on whether alcohol consumption should be legal or not. Heath states that prohibition occurred in 1919, when the 18th Amendment was approved at the time. Prohibition outlawed the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors. This Amendment was repealed with the 21st Amendment in 1933. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 would add a financial burden if the state did not change their legal drinking age to 21, but if the state government did not change their drinking age law; they would not get money from the...