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Friday, July 25, 2014

Americans In Favor of Legal Drinking Age

A Kranz (wreath) of K├Âlsch beer.
It's been 30 years since Reagan signed a bill that withheld Federal highway funding from states that kept the legal drinking age at 18; the bill was the straw that broke the camel's back ultimately causing all 50 states to adopt 21 and over laws. While there are some Americans who are in favor of changing the drinking age back to 18, Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the legal drinking age where it stands, according to a recent Gallup poll.

In fact, seventy-four percent say they would oppose legislation that would change the legal drinking age, while 25% would favor it.

Originally, raising the legal drinking age was an attempt to reduce the number of drinking and driving fatalities, but research has shown that it has had other effects worth noting. The increase led to a reduction in: heavy drinking, unsafe sex, suicide, and dating violence.

There are some who believe that lowering the drinking age back to 18 and teaching kids about alcohol at a young age may diminish the allure of alcohol. If teenagers were taught how to drink responsibly it may dull the allure of alcohol from those unable to drink.

It may come as a surprise that the poll showed that younger adults were no more likely than older adults to support a lower drinking age.

Most teenagers are unaware of just how dangerous alcohol can be, leading to teen binge drinking and often times drunk driving. The likelihood of the drinking age ever going back to 18 is slim and hopefully it stays that way. In the meantime parents need to work hard to educate their children so that they do not form unhealthy relationships with alcohol at a young age.

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