Effects Of Lowering The Legal Drinking Age

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Should the Legal Drinking Age be Lowered? More than half of United States citizens start drinking by age fourteen. An eighteen-year-old is an adult in the eyes of the law. They are able to vote, buy cigarettes, get married, and serve their country; the latter includes taking on the responsibilities of life and death. However, they are not legally allowed to drink alcohol. There has been much debate as to whether the legal drinking age in the United States should be lowered to eighteen, some people argue that along with the other rights eighteen-year-olds are given, they should be able to consume alcohol. Others feel that individuals should refrain from alcohol use until age twenty-one as the …show more content…
Ultimately, research proves that lowering the legal drinking age has a negative effect on not only the individual, but also society, because …show more content…
Lowering the drinking age will make alcohol less of a taboo, taking away the thrill many young people get from breaking the law. "If anything, the high drinking age only drives young people to consume more alcohol. There is something alluring about doing something forbidden" (Aguirre). As being a teenager in this generation, I can say part of adolescence is rebelling against authority. When alcohol is consumed secretly, there is minimal supervision from a parent or other adult. So wouldn 't it be safer to drink in regulated environments rather than in unsupervised places, such as house parties, where binge drinking and other unsafe behavior might take place? In regulated environments, people can consume alcohol without bingeing, which will result in better choices. People would feel more comfortable drinking in moderation. By lowering the legal drinking age to eighteen, secretive drinking would be discouraged and replaced with more responsible and safe consumption of

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