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LET'S LOWER THE DRINKING AGE!!!  LET'S RESTORE THE MINIMUM LEGAL DRINKING AGE TO 18!  If you believe in this cause, please help us out by signing our online petition.  To do so, just click on the following link:
https://www.change.org/p/us-congress-lower-the-drinking-age-from-21-to-18   

Do you realize that at 18, young adults in the US are legally able to vote, get married, and even join the military to fight for, and possibly die for, our country? Yet these same young adults--ages 18, 19, and 20-- are legally prohibited from doing something as simple as, say, walking into a bar or restaurant and ordering a bottle of beer or glass of wine with their dinner.  If you think that that is both outrageous and unfair, please help us in our fight to lower the drinking age!

          


Do you know that today the vast majority of countries in this world have minimum drinking ages of 18 or less?  Do you know that there are only six other countries in the world , besides the US, that set the minimum legal age at 21? Believe it or not, there is no higher minimum age requirement than 21 found anywhere else in the entire world (although there are a handful of countries--mostly Muslim-majority, that enforce a total ban on alcohol for people of any age).  Somewhat incredibly, countries such as Jamaica, Norway, and Vietnam have no minimum age requirement at all.  And countries such as Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland--all considered by most to be very highly developed and very civilized nations--have a minimum drinking age of just 16 years old.  While we are in no way proposing a minimum drinking age of just 16 here in the US, we do think that it is important to at least acknowledge the existence of this fact.







Basically, the US policy of having a legal minimum drinking age of 21 is both unfair and discriminatory.  Although some advocates claim that it leads to fewer drunk driving deaths, this argument does not hold water upon closer inspection.  While we here at LowerTheDrinkingAge.org are totally against drunk driving in any way, shape, or form, and we believe that drunk driving laws should be strictly enforced, we do not believe that the mistakes of a few should infringe upon the rights of the many.


If anything, the prohibition against young adults being legally allowed to drink has caused a huge increase in so-called "binge drinking" among teenagers and young adults.  Nowhere is this more evident than on college campuses across the nation.  It is a well known fact that setting the legal minimum drinking age has had no impact on preventing young adults from drinking.  In fact, if anything, it may have even led to more drinking, and has certainly worsened the problems of binge drinking and alcoholism among this age group.  This is just one more issue that happens to fall under the "law of unintended consequences."  

  

When a law is unjust, most people tend to ignore it.  As young adults in this country ponder the paradox that they are allowed to drive a car at 16, vote at 18, get married at 18, and join the military at 18, but are not legally allowed to have a beer or glass of wine until they turn 21, most of them have decided to just ignore this law.  And that is not a good thing for any democracy, which must be based on the rule of law.  If our government passes such unjust laws, it only encourages its citizens to flout them, in essence undermining its own legitimacy.  Setting the minimum drinking age at the inordinately high age of 21 is just a bad move all around.

Americans should know by now that prohibition does not work.  When the US government decided to impose--regardless of a person's age--a complete ban on alcohol back in 1929, this ushered in the era known as Prohibition, which is now widely regarded as a dismal failure. Illegal "speak-easies," where the booze flowed freely, proliferated, and most people more or less just kept drinking as before.  After many futile years of trying to police this anti-alcohol policy, the US government finally realized the error of its ways and just gave up on the whole notion, passing the 21st amendment in 1933 that finally repealed Prohibition.  The vast majority of the nation celebrated.  Just as it was unfair and unjust for the government to ban alcohol for all Americans back in 1920, so, too, is it unfair and unjust today for the government to try to ban alcohol for those young men and women who are already old enough to drive a car, get married, and enlist in the military, among other things.

  

MADD is truly mad--as in out of their minds!

Although many young people today don't realize it, the minimum legal drinking age in most states has not always been set at 21; in fact, up until the mid-1980's or so, in most states the legal drinking age was just 18. Around this time, however, MADD--Mothers Against Drunk Driving--and other anti-drinking groups somehow convinced the US Congress that the drinking age needed to be raised by a full three years to the age of 21. The premise of their argument was that this was a way to reduce drunk driving deaths.  We believe that this push by MADD was well-intentioned, but ultimately misguided.  Although MADD and other such groups like to believe that setting the drinking age at 21 was the key to reducing traffic fatalities from drunk driving, the truth is that the decrease in drunk driving deaths is instead largely due to 1) increased public awareness of the problem of drunk driving, 2) stepped up police enforcement and judicial penalties for drunk driving, 3) adoption of the concept of "designated drivers," and 4) improved automotive safety features, such as "shoulder harness" seat belts, anti-lock brakes, and air bags, among others, few of which were available in the mid-1980's, but all of which are more or less standard on all cars today.

   

If you believe, as we do, that is finally time to end this newer Prohibition that tramples on the the rights of 18, 19, and 20-year olds, then please notify your friends and classmates about our organization, post on social media, and just generally try to spread the word. And please contact both your local political representatives about this, as well as your representatives in Washington, DC.  And please sign our online petition below by first clicking on the highlighted URL directly below

Did you know that even many university and college presidents support lowering the drinking age?  Check it out:
https://www.poynter.org/2008/why-college-presidents-want-to-lower-the-drinking-age/90975/

And did you know that the rumors are true, and that drinking actually can be good for your health?  Take a look at this:
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40740247


LowerTheDrinkingAge.org has plans to campaign and lobby for this issue at the local, state and national level.  This will take a certain amount of time and money to do the job effectively and get results.  At the present time, however, we do not have any source of income other than donations to fully fund these goals, and we depend on the kindness of people who support our position to help us out in this regard.  Every donation is gratefully accepted, however small.  Anything that you can spare to see this through will be greatly appreciated.  Please use the Paypal Donate button below.  Or, if you prefer, you can make out a check to LowerTheDrinkingAge.org, and mail it to 174 Vesper Street, Fairfield, CT 06825.




Contact Info:
Gene McKenna, director
174 Vesper Street
Fairfield, CT 06825
Tel: 203-521-6427
info@LowerTheDrinkingAge.org
gmck@optonline.net
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