Drinking Age

Lower the drinking age.

Consider this one-stop shopping for all your drinking age needs. The National Youth Rights Association strongly supports lowering the drinking age and has created this resource for the use of all like-minded individuals. Plenty of tools to confront and beat the Youth Prohibitionist movement. Find answers to your frequently asked questions, get legal research on drinking age laws for all 50 states, read the history of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, and get lots of research studies and papers on the drinking age. Since NYRA believes in fairness, we even link to our opposition. If you do any research or writing on the topic of lowering the drinking age NYRA would love to add it to our collection, so please upload your paper here.


Frequently Asked Questions
Read NYRA’s arguments for lowering the drinking age. Here we also address criticisms by Youth Prohibitionists.
Check out what we want to see, why we want to see the drinking age lowered, and how it will be better than our current system.
NYRA Position Paper
Read NYRA’s official position paper on the drinking age. This is where we take a stand on the issue.


Choose Responsibility
Choose Responsibility works on stimulating a national discussion around lowering the drinking age to 18 and finding more reasonable methods for reducing the harm alcohol causes and encouraging responsibility.


Drinking Age Laws
Here is a plain english look at drinking age laws in all 50 states, plus BAC limits for under and over 21. A NYRA exclusive!
Drinking Age History
This is the Legislative Analysis of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. Read about just how the drinking age got raised to 21.
International Laws
This chart from Wikipedia compares drinking ages from many countries in the world.
Support Our Troops, Lower the Drinking Age
We honor all our troops under 21, even if supporters of the drinking age do not. This lists the 962 dead in Iraq and Afghanistan who were never regarded as equals.

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NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.