National minimum drinking age act turns 30

The national minimum drinking age jumped from 18 to 21 years-old

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On July 17, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act
into law, raising the national legal drinking age from eighteen to twenty one.

Thirty years later, some local residents like Vivian Medina of Chicopee, Massachusetts told 22News that the law’s amendment hasn’t done enough to curb underage drinking.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with it because if they wanted to drink they’ll find someone to get it for them,” she said.

Dennis Thomas, a resident of Springfield, Massachusetts says he has confidence in the current legal drinking age and would strongly oppose any age younger than twenty one.

“Being eighteen now today is really giving them a head start on using alcohol as a substance to entertain themselves,” he said.

Renee Berard of Springfield says her mother was eighteen before President Reagan signed the bill into law, a time when the dangers of teen drinking were more evident than ever before.

“I remember her saying it was really difficult because a lot of the high school kids used to go out after the game and get really drunk and get into bad car accidents and stuff.

Just thirteen years after the National Minimum Drinking Age Act became law, deadly crashes involving young drivers dropped by fifty percent.

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