Dropping The Legal Drinking Age

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Dropping the legal drinking age. The legal Drinking age was once the age of eighteen, that is until the 1980s when the law was that the drinking age should be risen to twenty-one to diminish the amount of deaths caused by young drunk drivers. It has succeed but it has also driven it to unsupervised parties such as high school parties and fraternity and sorority parties where all age groups have access to alcohol. But in this day and age the amount of deaths cause by drunk driving is not mostly caused by underage people alone, it is caused by people above the age of twenty one who believe that they can handle their intake of alcoholic beverages. The age of legal drinking from twenty-one to eighteen seems reasonable because we are considered …show more content…
“Half think that it would increase binge drinking among teens, according to a new Nationwide Insurance poll This is why stakeholders from scientific, medical, and public health organizations have joined MADD to form the Support 21 Coalition: We believe in basing public health policy on sound medical research and are committed to highlighting the lifesaving impact of the 21 drinking age. Twenty-one isn 't just an arbitrary number set by Congress—more than 20 states already had laws setting the drinking age there in 1984. And since the 21 law was widely enacted, the number of young people killed annually in crashes involving drunk drivers under 21 has been cut in half, from more than 5,000 individuals in the early 1980s to around 2,000 in 2005. By the end of 2005, the 21 drinking age has saved nearly 25,000 American lives—approximately 1,000 lives a year. …show more content…
“A person 's brain does not stop developing until their early to mid-20s. During this period, alcohol negatively affects all parts of the brain, including cognitive and decision-making abilities as well as coordination and memory. Adolescent drinkers not only do worse academically but are also at greater risk for social problems like depression, violence, and suicidal thoughts. Lowering the drinking age would have dangerous long-term consequences: Early teen drinkers are not only more susceptible to alcoholism but to developing the disease earlier and more quickly than others”

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