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Erosion of the Ageist Drinking Age is a Good Thing

In Youth Rights on June 14, 2014 by edwinforyouthrights

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

For those of us in the movement to lower the drinking age to 18, we have a surmountable challenge. The ageist drinking age is a social norm for most people. Even before the drinking was raised in the 1980s, the drinking age for liquor was 21. This is why if the drinking age was lowered to 18, the drinking age for liquor should also be 18. Eroding support of that ageist social norm is necessary to get the drinking age to 18. That social norm is entirely ageist and unfortunately powerful. There have been articles in support of a drinking age of 18 in major magazines and newspapers such as Time and USA Today this year. Those articles are important to challenge people’s mind about the drinking age to get them down our path. However, we have to do our part to challenge the drinking age whenever it comes up. Denying the legitimacy of a drinking age of 21 should be the strategy to erode it.

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One Response to “Erosion of the Ageist Drinking Age is a Good Thing”

  1. I have corrected a typo in this article.

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