Changing The Legal Drinking Age Essay

1880 Words Jan 14th, 2016 8 Pages
"Alcohol consumption is the third leading actual cause of death in the United States, a major contributing factor to unintentional injuries, the leading cause of death for youths and young adults, and accounts for an estimated 75,000 or more deaths in the United States annually" (Wechsler and Nelson 986). Would you want yourself or anyone you know to be a part of this startling statistic? If the minimum legal drinking age was lowered from 21 to 18, more than likely the numbers behind this statistic would be way higher and continue to grow. Just think about an 18-year-old being able to legally purchase alcohol. At the age of 18, some kids are not even out of high school yet. I know some people would argue that by that age the individual is considered an adult and can also vote. However, that does not give 18-year-olds, or anyone younger than 21 the maturity or responsibility to handle alcohol. Changing the legal drinking age would be an unsafe, unhealthy, and unreasonable thing to do to the young people of today 's society. An argument that people would have as to why the drinking age should be at 18 would consist of the fact that people think it will put a stop to underage drinking. Obviously youngsters who are not 21 will want to drink and probably will. Therefore, the thought is that if the drinking age was lower, there would be less underage drinkers because they would then be legal. In 2008, a group of college presidents explained their discontent with the minimum…

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