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One of the most controversial debates facing the federal government is whether to lower the age for legal drinking of alcohol by an individual Nationwide the legal age to drink alcohol is 21 In 1987 The Minimum Legal Drinking Age Law was passed to make it illegal for any person who is less than 21 years old to either purchase possess or consume alcohol beverages or to misrepresent their age to obtain such beverages Policy and legislation 1996 That law was passed by both the legislature and the senate partly in response to the reported increase of serious traffic accidents by minors that had consumed alcohol before the accident Failure to comply resulted in loss of federal funding for the nations highways The government claimed that by raising the age to 21 it would ultimately lower the numbers of alcohol related accidents on the nations highways I believe that more good than bad would result if the legal age to consume alcohol was lowered to 18 The leading organization that pushed for the increase in the age for drinking was Mothers Against Drunk Drivers MADD MADD was formed in 1984 Since its start more than 2300 anti-drunk driving laws have been passed NHTSA 1996 Members of this organization believe that if we remove alcohol from the hands and mouths of individuals under the age of 21 fewer alcohol related fatalities will occur The government claimed that by raising the age to 21 it would ultimately lower the numbers of alcohol related accidents on the nations highway Unfortunately this has not been proven Yet they continue using this information as a tool to keep the legal age consumption at 21 The Indiana University Human Subjects Committee did one particular study on 56 universities in the United States from 1987-1988 The results reported that the proportion of students who drank declined in the period when there were major nationwide increased in minimum purchase age laws
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