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Debate Over Raising the Drinking Age
FAIRBORN -- Thirty years ago President Ronald Reagan raised the drinking age to 21 years old, but now some are questioning whether or not it should be lowered.
A new study shows the law actually makes drinking more appealing to teens, because it's what some call the forbidden fruit.
And one attorney we spoke to says instead of prohibiting alcohol, we should educate our kids.
You have to wait to pour yourself a drink in the U.S. until your 21 years old.
President Ronald Reagan raised the drinking age from 18 to 21 in 1984.
It was meant to help combat alcohol and drug use in teens, but some say 30 years later, it's still not working.
"It's proven to not have been an effective measure and studies would suggest that we'd be a lot better off if we reduced the drinking age to 18," said Attorney Charles Rowland, DaytonDUI.com.
It's been a hot debate ever since the National Minimum Drinking Age Act went into effect, but for some, the answer isn't black and white.
"I have mixed feelings about it I think that in other countries where they do have a lower age they probably grow up with it a little more responsibly and naturally it's not such a big deal," said Edie Knickerbocker.
Attorney Charles Rowland agrees.
"We should have alcohol education when they learn to drive and we should have use of alcohol so that they don't see it as some forbidden fruit," said Attorney Rowland
He believes often times what happens when something is prohibited teens will do it anyway and tend to go overboard.
The key is education.
"The radical experiment has failed prohibition doesn't work, prohibition will never work and we've got to learn to educate, we can educate our way out of this problem, we can't prohibit our way out of this problem," said Attorney Rowland.
The U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world where the drinking age is 21.
Some countries allow drinking as young as 16, but most allow it once the teen turns 18.
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