Monday, December 14, 2009


For many years the debate of lowering the drinking age has drifted through the nation. Yes, no, never. Would 18 year old teens ever get the chance to drink before they turn 21, legally.  Still up to today we have laws that are attempting to protect us from the worst possible outcomes.  But is the MLDA 21 law really doing it's job and protecting the young adults?  There are many young adults who have been drinking since they were very young. While debate upon debate is made Dr. Engs who is an Applied Health Scientist at University of Indian Bloomington, talks about why the drinking age should be lowered.  Dr. Engs talks about in her article, that having the MLDA 21 law only creates the forbidden fruit figure to young adults.  There are many young adults who still, with the current MLDA 21 law, consume alcohol on the weekends.  

College is a big step and an even bigger transition.  Again, like said many times, there is underage drinking on college campuses, and that problem is one of the hardest to regulate.  How does a cop know whether or not everybody at the party that is bumping down the street is underage?  And not to mention it would take hours to ask everybody at that party to pull out their I.D's and prove their innocence, or worse their guiltiness.  

Although many support lowering the MLDA 21 law, many are also very passionate about keeping the age at 21.  The Drug-Free Action Alliance created an astonishing argument to keep the MLDA 21.  They go into all of the aspects many of the pro MLDA 18 do not touch.  The Drug-Free Action Alliance talks about how alcohol effects the brain of a young adult.  They also discuss the fact that the earlier young adults drink the more likely they will be alcoholics in the future.  

If you believe that the MLDA 21 law should be lowered to 18, there is a petition you can sign and help show the officials that is really what America wants. Get your voice heard, and earn the respect you truly deserve.

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