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The legal drinking age has been a much debated topic since the repealing of the total prohibition of alcohol by the 21st amendment in 1933 Palicz The laws regarding this age limit have fluctuated over the years The age limit was lowered in most states when the youth of the Vietnam and baby boomer generations protested that if they could die in a foreign war they should be given the privilege of drinking alcohol This age limit lasted until the passing of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 by congress in an effort to reduce the occurrence of drunk driving accidents The act required all states to raise the drinking age to 21 within two years or loose part of their annual highway funding Palicz Eventually the drinking age was raised in all 50 states to where it currently is at 21 The drinking age should be lowered back to 18 There are many people who argue against this age reduction happening In the article Talking PointsArguments Answering the critics of Age-21 Jim Hall Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board attempts to justify the current drinking age limit Halls article on the drinking age has misleading facts faulty logic and bad analogies that make it ineffective and easily refuted Making his first point Hall says Lowering the drinking age will make alcohol more available to an even younger population replacing forbidden fruit with low-hanging fruit The practices and behaviors of 18 year-olds are particularly influential on 15 - 17 year-olds These statements are untrue If 15-17 year-olds are already able to get alcohol then lowering the age limit wont make it any easier to get If their 22-year old cousin still buys it for them or the store down the street still doesnt card them then they will still be able to get alcohol As far as 18 year-olds being influential on 15-17 year-olds anyone from parents to a teacher who is
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