Lowering The Legal Drinking Age Essay

983 Words Oct 20th, 2015 4 Pages
The discussion of changing the minimum legal drinking age back to 18 has been a “reverent” discussion since the minimum legal drinking age was changed to 21 years old. We, the United States, has one of the highest minimum legal drinking ages in world where it is legal to drink and this is a good property we have. The minimum drinking age should not be legally lowere due to the medical risks, hidden dangers, and the developments that are still happening to your body during this time.
There are major medical risks associated with lowering the minimum drinking age. Procon.org, a non-profit organization, says that “Alcohol consumption can interfere with development of the young adult brain 's frontal lobes, essential for functions such as emotional regulation, planning, and organization.” This could pose a major risk for most students who have major organization and planning problems anyways. Lowering the legal drinking age while we know about this side effect is medically irresponsible. Binge drinking, one of the most severe drug addictions, would also be increased among 18-20 year olds since it is 35.7% while alcohol is still illegal for this demographic, binge drinking reaches its’ peak from ages 21-25 at 45.9% (Procon.org). Other countries like Ireland and the United Kingdoms are actively trying to increase their minimum legal drinking age unlike the United States, we are actively trying to lower it.
There are major hidden dangers of lowering the minimum legal…

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