Keep the drinking age high tamika c b zapolski assistant professor of psychology the key to preventing alcohol abuse is to communicate the risks harm and disapproval of its use among young people. The legal drinking age should be lowered to about 18 or 19 and young adults allowed to drink in controlled environments such as restaurants taverns pubs and official school and university functions. A review of 49 studies of changes in the legal drinking age revealed that in the 1970s and 1980s when many states lowered the drinking age alcohol related traffic crashes increased 10 in contrast when states increased the legal drinking age to 21 alcohol related crashes among people less than 21 years of age decreased an average of 16. The legal drinking age in the united states has been 21 since the national minimum drinking age act in 1984 when president ronald just say no reagan signed the act he issued a blanket
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