Alcohol detracts from all of these. Because minors are prone to drunk driving, binge drinking, and violent and/or destructive behaviors it makes sense to continue to legally discourage their consumption of alcohol. With that being said I still believe that if a young individual is introduced to alcohol at a younger age, then that individual will be able to observe how to perform during everyday life or a social event. You’ve probably heard the jokes about how heavy alcohol consumption can kill brain cells. Scientist at Newport Academy state “Recent neurological research indicates not only that these jokes are true, but that teenagers may be more prone to alcohol-related neurological damage than adults. A teenager’s brain is at a vulnerable stage of development and alcohol interferes with this development, causing permanent changes in the ability to learn and remember.” but, if alcohol is introduced at a younger age by adults the minor will be able to learn portioning and be guided into how to moderate consumption.
All in all lowering the drinking age to 18 would allow more people to use alcohol legally and remove the extremely frowned upon status. By removing the front of desirability from the use of alcohol, the number of DUI’s and alcohol related car accidents would decrease, individuals will become more mature with alcohol being introduced at an earlier age and also, will open an untapped market of revenue that the government could retain from the alcohol