There are valid arguments on both sides of the issue.
One of the most vocal groups against lowering the drinking age is Mothers Against Drunk Driving. On their website, MADD states: We support the 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) because it saves lives, prevents injuries, and protects still-developing brains. That’s not to say that underage drinking doesn’t still happen, but rather that we need to focus on ways to improve education and enforcement of the existing law — not try to change it.”
A Gallup Poll taken in July of this year suggests that most Americans agree with MADD. A staggering 74 percent of people surveyed were against lowering the MLDA to 18.
Proponents for lowering the MLDA are just as vocal. In April of this year, Camille Paglia wrote in Time Magazine, “…the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, passed by Congress 30 years ago this July, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed.”