A Psychological Study of Americans - The Drinking Age

A Psychological Study of Americans - The Drinking Age
Daniel Schneid, Masato Ogasawara, James Abbas, Trevor S, Eddie Hoxworth
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Hypothesis:
Most Americans would agree that the drinking age should be lowered.





We surveyed 50 people, 25 over 21 and 25 under 21 with the following questions:

  1. Do you drink alcoholic beverages?
  2. How often do you drink a week?
  3. Do you think the drinking age should be: 21? 18? 16? non-existent?
  4. What age did you start drinking (if applicable)?


Question #1
Do you drink alcoholic beverages?
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Question #1
Do you drink alcoholic beverages?

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Question #2
How often do you drink a week?
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Question #2
How often do you drink a week?
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Question #3
Do you think the drinking age should be: 21? 18? 16? non-existent?

Results for under 21:
28% believe that the drinking age should remain 21 years old, 58% believe that it should be lowered to 18 years old, 1% believe that it should be lowered to 16 years old, and 13% believe that there should be no drinking age at all.

Results for over 21: 53% of the people over 21 that we interviewed thought that the drinking age should remain the same, and 43% thought that it should be lowered to 18 years old. No one over 21 thought that the drinking age should be lowered to 16 or that they should get rid of the drinking age.


Question #4
What age did you start drinking (if applicable)?
The average drinking age came out to be 16.36 years old.


Conclusion: After conducting our surveys we found that our hypothesis was correct, and that most Americans would like to see the drinking age lowered. While conducting the survey it became clear that people under the age of 21 were more engaged and interested in the survey, we believe this is because the drinking age directly effects them. It is clear in our survey that people under the age of 21 would rather see the drinking age lowered more so than the people already over the age of 21.