This law basically told states that they had to enact a minimum drinking age of 21 or lose up to 10 percent of their federal highway funding. Since that's some serious coin, the states fell into line fairly quickly.
Women, teen girls binge drink On July 17,Congress passed a law that withheld federal highway funding from every state that continued to allow people under 21 to buy alcohol -- effectively forcing them to raise their drinking ages.
Byfaced with this strong financial incentive and pressure from MADD, all 50 states and the District of Columbia had complied.
Is alcohol and the teen brain a bad mix? Many studies have since attempted to gauge the law's impact on public health. The NHTSA estimates that raising the national legal drinking age from 18 to 21 has saved more than lives each year. When the law was raised to 21, alcohol-related deaths for young people decreased; when the drinking age was lowered, deaths increased.
The year-old limit may be less effective at curbing binge drinking on college campuses, however. A University of Indiana study of students at 56 colleges found that in the immediate aftermath of 21 becoming the national drinking age, significantly more underage students drank compared to those of legal age.
A stalled movement There's a movement to lower legal drinking ages in the U. He's a university president.
Why should we be expected to enforce a law that's ignored by 70 percent of students before they even come to college? It's unsupervised," he said. Get real, lower drinking age to 19 Instead, he argues, colleges should be given the chance to educate students on how to drink responsibly, within campus boundaries and out in the open.
In McCardell recruited more than college presidents to sign the Amethyst Initiativewhich pushed for a new federal transportation bill that wouldn't penalize states for setting drinking ages under He said he and other college presidents were set to testify before Congress that fall when the economy tanked and legislators' priorities turned elsewhere.
Lawmakers in a handful of states have proposed lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, but none have gained traction so far. Experts say lowering the drinking age remains a tough sell to politicians worried about re-election. It's pretty much a no go. He believes legal limits for drinking should be set by the states, not the federal government.
And he proposes that American teens be eligible for an alcohol permit -- not unlike a driver's license -- upon turning 18, graduating from high school and completing an alcohol-education course.
They would need the permit to buy beer, wine or liquor, and the state could revoke the permit for those convicted of alcohol-related offenses such as drunk driving.CR’s main goal is to lower the drinking age to 18, combined with better education about alcohol use. McCardell has been joined by Barrett Seaman, a veteran Time magazine correspondent and editor and the author of Binge: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess (Wiley, ).
Lowering the drinking age would eliminate thrill drinking.
In the critical 18 – 20 age bracket, there are often binge drinking episodes simply because it is a thrill to break the law. Eliminate the thrill by lowering the drinking age and the taboo will be gone as well, encouraging normal alcohol consumption in the critical age bracket. Apr 15, · When the age was raised to 21 in the mids, the goal was to reduce highway fatalities.
But everyone knows that the 21 age limit hasn't stopped minors from drinking. Jul 16, · Dwight B. Heath knows what he is about to say will sound a little crazy to most people.
Feb 10, · Return the drinking age to 18 -- and then enforce the law. The current system, which forbids alcohol to Americans under 21, is . Proponents of lowering the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) from 21 argue that it has not stopped teen drinking, and has instead pushed underage binge drinking into private and less controlled environments, leading to more health and life-endangering behavior by teens.