Minimum Drinking Age is Unconstitutional and Does More Harm Than Good
Did you know that almost every country has a minimum drinking age of 18, if they even have one at all. Did you also know that the minimum drinking age in the United States was always 18 until 1984? The law almost didn't pass because there was a very heated fight in Congress over passing this law and it mostly came into effect due to the lobbying efforts of Candy Lightner and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization (MADD).
Before I even get to the arguments why this law is unconstitutional for a couple of reasons, I need to speak to the more practical problems with this law and why it doesn't work. The main reason is that 18-21 year olds are going to drink no matter what the law is. The law isn't preventing teen drinking, it is just making teens find devious ways to do it.
Back in the day, when I was college aged, the regular place that we hung out when we got together was in bars. Some of us drank a lot and some barely at all. It was just a place where a large group could go and meet up. Now, many teens, especially college students, want to get together and hang out in this atmosphere and to do so they have resorted to fake I.D.s Before 9/11 this was not such a terrible offense. However, the use of fake I.D.s has now been tied to terrorists, so anyone caught using one could face criminal charges. Why are we turning our kids into criminals?
College campuses used to have bars right on campus. No driving was required. The new drinking age has closed down college campus bars and forced students to drive to be able to drink. How does that help prevent drunk driving? And teens that live at home hide their drinking from their parents, which prevents parents from helping if their child is in trouble.
One reason that the minimum drinking age law of 21 is unconstitutional is because this is one of the areas that the constitution says that each state should decide for itself. As a democrat, I can't believe I am arguing for states rights, but this is a valid argument that has caused other laws to be stuck down as unconstitutional.Continued on the next page