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Why We Should Keep the Drinking Age at Twenty-oneImagine winning the State Basketball Championship You get back to your house with a few friends and feel a party is in order so you start drinking a few beers after your parents go to bed Someone suggests that you drive somewhere to get rid of the empty cans Yes thats not a bad idea so you all pile into the car and take off A few hours later your parents receive a telephone call to come down to the station There has been a terrible accident and they must identify the body This is the one phone call all parents dread This true story is detailed in the Germantown Tennessee high school newspaper Stories like this compel me to believe that the legal drinking age should be kept at twenty-oneAlmost every state set a legal drinking age of twenty-one the legal voting age at the time after prohibition was repealed Between 1970 and 1975 twenty-nine states lowered the voting age from twenty-one to eighteen twenty-nine states also lowered their drinking age to eighteen or nineteen During the late seventies studies showed that traffic crashes had drastically increased after lowering the drinking age Once this was announced publicly many groups created a movement to increase the minimal drinking age and sixteen states responded The Uniform Drinking Act was passed in 1984 This strongly encouraged the remaining thirteen states to raise their drinking age If the states would not agree to do so by 1987 the government said that it would cut highway funding Encyclopedia of Alcohol and DrugsMany would argue that when the drinking age were set at twenty-one there is an unavoidably huge increase in alcohol use when youths turning twenty-one make up for lost time However a study done by Alexander Wagenaar and PM OMalley found that when the minimum drinking age was twenty-one there was a lower use of alcohol after they turn twenty-oneOne
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