Debates in some states are gaining more interest concerning lowering the legal drinking age. Some groups feel that if a person is responsible enough to fight in wars they should be old enough to legally buy alcohol. States such as Kentucky, Wisconsin and South Carolina are considering lowering the drinking age for military personnel only.
Missouri has a planned ballot which would allow anyone over 18 to legally buy alcohol. South Dakota is working on an initiative that would allow all 19 and 20 year olds to buy beer with lower alcohol content. A Minnesota bill would allow anyone 18 and over to buy alcohol in a bar or restaurant but would only be allowed to purchase alcohol in a liquor store after they are 21 years-old.
The college president from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina is prompting lawmakers to consider lowering the legal drinking age from 21 to 18. By proposing this idea they are claiming it will reduce the cases of binge drinking on campus. There are about 100 other universities in the United States that are in agreement with this initiative.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD, is opposed to this initiative stating that if the legal drinking age was lowered it would lead to more fatal car crashes. MADD is asking parents to wage carefully the safety of the colleges who have signed on to this initiative.
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