Lowering The Legal Drinking Age Essay

1777 Words Apr 26th, 2016 8 Pages
Lowering the Legal Drinking Age
Everyone can agree that alcohol should not be given or acceptable for children under a certain age. Alcohol is a substance that is very dangerous and if you used incorrectly the consequences can be a great danger to the users themselves, and also the people around them. There have been many recent discussions regarding drinking, and whether the legal drinking age should be lowered from twenty-one to eighteen. This controversial issue has been specifically relevant to college students because drinking is a big part of college life and can be found all over college campuses. Proponents of lowering the legal drinking age from 21 argue that it has not stopped teen drinking, and has instead pushed more illegal underage drinking. On the other hand, however, opponents of lowering the legal drink age argue that teens have not yet reached an age where they can handle alcohol responsibly.
The legal drink age should stay at twenty-one because people tend to be more mature and responsible at twenty-one than at eighteen. Eight teen-year-olds are typically just starting to experience their new found independence from their parents through college or the work; this leaving them more susceptible to binge drinking, risky activity, and other irresponsible behavior due to lack of maturity. Even though there are only a couple of years between these two ages I feel that a lot of growing and maturing happens in those years. The right to drink should be held at a…

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