other threats it would be better to have fewer fake identifications in

Other threats it would be better to have fewer fake

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other threats, it would be better to have fewer fake identifications in circulation and more respect for the law. The minimum legal drinking age of twenty-one (MLDA 21) enforcement is not a priority for many law enforcement agencies. Police are inclined to ignore or under-enforce MLDA 21 because of resource limitations, statutory obstacles, perceptions that punishments are inadequate, and the time and effort required for processing and paperwork. An estimated two of every 1,000 occasions of illegal drinking by youth under twenty-one results in an arrest. Lowering the minimum legal drinking age of twenty-one would reduce the number of underage people who are hurt from alcohol-related injuries or accidents due to fear of legal consequences if they sought medical attention. State governments should have the right to establish a lower legal drinking age that reflects their unique demographics, legal context, and history. The Uniform Drinking Act, which compelled states to set the legal drinking age at twenty-one by withholding ten percent of highway funding from states that kept the minimum legal drinking age at eighteen, is an example of federal government overreach into state affairs. Many states that were happy with their minimum legal drinking age at eighteen bowed to federal pressure rather than lose millions in annual highway funds. This is a strong point which proves that it is in fact alright to allow the eighteen year olds to drink at this age rather than twenty-one; our citizens of this age group were already being allowed to drink but were suddenly restrained from such action all because the states boweed to the federal law in order to receive funding for their state highways.
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Cordero 5 Although with all that has been presented many oppose of the lowering of the legal drinking age can interfere with development of the young adult brain's frontal lobes, essential for functions such as emotional regulation, planning, and organization. When alcohol consumption interferes with this early adult brain development, the potential for chronic problems such as greater vulnerability to addiction, dangerous risk-taking behavior, reduced decision-making ability, memory loss, depression, violence, and suicide is greater. Many rights in the United States are conferred on citizens at age twenty-one or older. A person cannot legally purchase a handgun nor gamble in a casino in most states. Notice how it is said that most states do not allow this; certain states do allow eighteen year olds to purchase guns and ammunition so why aren’t they allowed to have a mere beverage? Until the age of twenty-one individuals may be able to adopt a child, rent a car for most companies at age twenty-five, or run for President until age thirty-five. Drinking should be similarly restricted due to the responsibility required to self and others. The ages provide are what the society, the United States of America people, consider to be mature and responsible enough regarding the age group. Albeit not everyone may agree upon these ages they are part of the federal law that must be followed in this particular country.
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