Should The Australian Drinking Age Be Raised To 21?

We argue that existing efforts to prevent alcohol-related harm in Australia should be maintained and extended to include advocacy for an increase in the minimum purchasing age for alcohol from 18 to 21 years (age-21 laws).

Should the drinking age be raised to 21?

By Julia Medew. Pressure is mounting for Australian governments to raise the legal drinking age to 21 to protect the health of young people whose brains are still vulnerable to the toxicity of alcohol at 18, leading health experts say.

What are the benefits of raising the drinking age to 21?

Raising the drinking age to 21 will reduce consumption amongst young people because it will be harder to buy alcohol. Also, young people are the most likely group to misuse alcohol; e.g. drinking to excess, which causes accidents, death and health problems.

Why did the drinking age get raised to 21?

The drinking age was raised back to 21 over federal highway funding. In 1984, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act passed, which stated federal highway funds would be withheld from U.S. states that failed to set the minimum legal drinking age back at 21.

This was apparently one of the main reasons why the drinking age was raised from 18 years in Ontario, Canada. Presumably for safety reasons, for articulated vehicles and buses the minimum driving age throughout Australia is at least 20 years.

Why is 21 a good drinking age?

The age 21 MLDA saves lives and improves health.

Fewer motor vehicle crashes – States that increased the legal drinking age to 21 saw a 16% median decline in motor vehicle crashes.

Why is the drinking age 21 and not 18?

Organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving began agitating for a uniform national drinking age of 21 to help eliminate these blood borders and keep alcohol out of the hands of supposedly less-mature 18-year-olds. As a result, President Reagan signed the aforementioned National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984.

What is the youngest drinking age in the world?

Overview of Minimum Drinking Age Around the World

  • Youngest Drinking Age. Although the majority of the countries around the world have set the MLDA at 18 years, 16 years is considered the youngest drinking age.
  • Drinking Age in Italy.
  • Drinking Age in Russia.

Where is the drinking age 16?

Minimum legal age to purchase alcohol by country:

CountryDe jure
Drinking age
Guyana18/16 for beer, wine and cider with meal

37 more rows

Does the minimum drinking age affect traffic fatalities?

Since the mid-1970s numerous states have raised their minimum legal drinking age in an effort to reduce alcohol-related traffic accidents. The legal drinking age has no perceptible influence o n fatalities, but inexperience in drinking is an apparent risk factor independent of age.

Why is 21 the age of adulthood?

The main fuzzy range for adult is 16 to 21 by physical and societal markers, as well as the legal age of adulthood in countries around the world. Edge cases would extend the range to 14 to 22. The age of adulthood in the bible is 20. Before WW2, the age of adulthood in the United States, as well as Britain was 21.

What can you legally do 21?

The following are some things you can do in the US if you are 21 years old.

  1. Attend 21+ clubs and events.
  2. Adopt a child.
  3. Buy Weed legally in legal States.
  4. In some States you don’t need parental consent to get married anymore.
  5. Gamble at Casinos.
  6. Obtain a concealed weapons permit.

What states can you drink under 21?

Family members able to furnish a minor with alcohol in 31 states: Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland,