Lower the Drinking Age Essay

932 Words May 22nd, 2002 4 Pages
Lower the Drinking Age

Everyone knows that it is illegal to consume alcohol under the age of 21. Why is 21 the "magical" age that makes a person intelligent and mature enough to consume alcohol? Sure, some adults abuse alcohol and some teenagers would be perfectly able to drink responsibly, but why not 18 or 35 or 40? This seemingly random number, 21, is associated with adulthood, as if the day a person turns 21 they know everything and are mature. The drinking age should be lowered to where one can learn to drink responsibly. First, the drinking age used to be 18 in some states. Many of today's parents were legally allowed to drink at 18. Today, teenagers are faced with more responsibility and are treated more like adults
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This movement, the law that was passed, that swept all 50 states, may actually have made the bingeing worse. When teens drink, they know it will probably be a while before they'll have liquor again, so they make up for it by drinking in larger quantities. According the College Health Survey 96, cutting class after drinking jumped from 9% in 1982 to almost 12% in 1996. Also, missing class because of a hangover rose from 26% to 28% and getting a lower grade went from 5% to 7%. It is this consumption of large amounts that is causing so many problems among the youth of America. "By setting a high drinking age, what we have inadvertently done is say that drinking is an adult activity, and that makes it especially appealing to younger people," says David Hanson. It makes it a thrill for the younger drinkers. Fourthly, the increased drinking age now forces colleges and universities to spend money, which is drawn from grants, government funding, tuition money, and taxes. The Combating Underage Drinking Program is just one of the many programs set aside for underage drinking. This program gives each state $360,000 to put to programs for the prevention of underage drinking. These states then have the power to put the money in a number of different organizations such as public universities within the

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