Survey Shows Majority Favor Drop in Drinking Age

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An over-whelming majority surveyed say they favor a drop in the legal drinking age, according to a new opinion poll conducted by Headline Press.

An over-whelming majority feel that the national drinking age should be lowered to 18, despite special interest moves against such a proposal, a new opinion poll by Headline has found.

The survey was conducted after slightly more than 100 university and college presidents signed letters indicating the legal drinking age should be lowered to 18 in an effort to stimulate conversation on the topic. The online poll was gathered after calls for a reduction in the national drinking age heated up in response to the highly publicized letters.

The Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) adamantly oppose legislation to legalize a reduction of the drinking age. When it was lowered to 18 in a handful of states in the 1980's more accidents involving legally intoxicated young drivers occurred in many of the states than in previous years, leading to an increase in fatalities.

Some 3 out of 4 respondents to the survey said they favor a reduction in the legal drinking age. Many people feel that since 18-year-olds can join the military and put their life at risk and are legally able to vote they should also have the right to drink alcoholic beverages legally.

Under-age drinking has been an issue on college campuses for years. Proponents to legalize the lower drinking age say that it is so commonplace that college students and others under the age of 21 get alcohol any way they can and would not be breaking the law if a change was made to legalize drinking at a younger age.

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