Essay on Lowering The Drinking Age Of 21

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In a recent commentary article written by Henry Wechsler, he discusses the topic of lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 years old. Wechsler states many studies and research of previous attempts that have been made and the different ways that they have been unsuccessful. For example, in 1970 some states alcohol consumption laws had been changed to 18 years of age but when states lowered their drinking age restriction, the amount of alcohol-involved traffic accidents increased (1). After seeing higher alcohol induced accidents and greater alcohol consumption rates, many states reinstated the minimum legal drinking age of 21 years (1). Wechsler’s position on this topic is very strong and supported by several studies and I would have to agree on the arguments that he states. Early initiation with alcohol among teenagers 18-20 years old is already high and allowing them to have legal access to alcohol at 18 rather than 21 would be an endangerment to themselves and those around them. Currently other countries have their drinking age limit at 18 years old but yet suffer more consequences due to alcohol consumption. Wechsler argues with an example such as Europe’s drinking age. Europe’s laws are 18 years of age for drinking but heavy alcohol use among adolescents is a common problem across Europe. “Frequent binge drinking among adolescents aged 15-18 years in many countries occurs at more than double the rate as in the United States” (3). The European region has the…

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