As it stands, all of America’s 50 states employ a MLDA of 21 making America one of only seven countries in the world to have a drinking age set at 21; the oldest age set as the minimum legal drinking age in the world.
Where many of our friends in Europe are happily drinking away at 18, many here in America are left wondering why we don’t employ the same age requirement....
College culture has come to encourage drinking and driving through the places and people that surround the students (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, October 2002).
(ACER) is the official journal of the Research Society on Alcoholism and the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism. Co-authors of the ACER paper, "The Persistent Effects of Minimum Legal Drinking Age Laws on Drinking Patterns Later in Life," were: Patricia Cavazos-Rehg, Laura J. Bierut, and Richard A. Grucza of the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. This study was funded by the National Institutes of Health. This release is supported by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network at .
"We need to be wary of unintended consequences," added Plunk. "Proposals to lower the MLDA have typically been in response to binge drinking by college students. College drinking is a serious problem - one that research suggests a lower drinking age wouldn't help - but college student drinking should not be our only concern. As noted earlier, we found that those who did not attend college benefited the most from increases in the drinking age. It is incumbent on any who propose lowering the MLDA to account for how all young people would be affected."
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Another example is a high school junior that has met all his criteria and would like to graduate early, at the age of seventeen, and go off to college.
Changing the drinking age from 21 to 18 years old will take the thrill that teens get from breaking the law while drinking, will no longer give them the idea that drinking is the final stage of adulthood and full maturity, and will no lo...
18 is the age of adulthood in the United States (buying tobacco, owning a weapon, joining the military, full income tax, jail instead of juvenile hall, ect.)
Giving 18-20 year olds a safe enviorment to drink
Countries with lower drinking age have better drunk driving statistics
Having a lower drinking age would decrease the taboo for adults newly entering college and the workforce.
The legal drinking age in the United States should be lowered to 18 because 18 is the legal age of adulthood, the drinking age being 21 is highly ineffective, and it would be very beneficial to our economy.
Because of the issues caused by irresponsible drinking, the US government passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act in 1984 which raised the minimum drinking age to twenty-one to prevent drinking-related accidents and violence.
Although there are countless studies of how alcohol has many harmful effects on teenagers, there is a great deal of negative criticism about what if the drinking age is lowered.
Lower minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) laws have been associated with short-term effects such as a greater number of traffic fatalities and teen suicides. A new study has investigated the long-term and persistent linkages between permissive MLDA laws and specific drinking behaviors such as average alcohol consumption, frequency of drinking, patterns of binge drinking, and moderate drinking. Findings support an association with problematic drinking behaviors that persist into later adulthood, such as more frequent binge episodes.
The simple answer; you cant make those important life changing decisions when your at that age or, Congress had constantly made many mistakes representing what an adult should be for years.
Background: Early diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure (BP) and cholesterol is important to reduce cardiovascular risk. We compared BP and LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) as well as the quality of treatment between obese subjects and normal weight and overweight individuals.
Methods: 87,648 participants of the Lifelines study were categorised according to obesity (normal weight/ overweight/obesity) and age. Mean systolic BP and LDL-C were calculated depending on treatment, BMI, age and sex.
Results: In all age groups, except those aged 70-80 years, women had a significantly lower BP than men. Use of BP-lowering medication did not result in BP levels comparable with non-users, except in those aged 70-80 years. Despite medication, the BP was insufficiently controlled in 20-50% of participants. BP was significantly higher in obese vs. normal weight and overweight individuals of all ages, but most apparently in men younger than 50 years. Mean LDL-C varied between 2.5- .0 mmol/l. Despite higher statin use, obese participants had a higher LDL-C than those with a normal weight. Statins abolished the age-dependent LDL-C increase. Many participants did not achieve target LDL-C
Conclusion: Obese individuals, especially men younger than 50, have a higher BP and LDL-C compared with those with overweight and a normal weight. Use of BP-lowering drugs did not revert the BP back to levels normal for the specific age and BMI group, whereas statins abolished the age-related increase in LDL-C. These data suggest that more attention is needed for active screening and treatment of cardiovascular risk factors.