Why Was the Drinking Age Raised?

The drinking age has been altered multiple times throughout US history.

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The drinking age has been altered multiple times throughout US history.

Emily Mussey, Contributor

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Many parents remember the days when the drinking age was only 18, but in 1984, the legal age for alcohol consumption was altered.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) worried about the rising number of alcohol related accidents among minors and began lobbying Congress to change the law.

Senator Lautenberg wrote the National Minimum Legal Drinking Act in 1984. This act required states to raise their drinking age to 21 or they would lose federal highway funding.

Most states quickly complied, and to this day, the drinking age has remained at 21. Some states have exceptions regarding family functions on private property and religious events, but most cases of alcohol consumption as a minor are still considered criminal offenses.

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