Persuasive Essay On Lowering The Drinking Age

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Drinking alcohol is popular among most adults although it is not legal in every state to drink as soon as the proclaimed age of adulthood is reached. Personally I believe that the age should be lowered because upon turning eighteen years old so many new laws and regulations apply such as the right to vote and being able to serve in the military. Increasing the age has created more cases of underage drinking and illegal sales of alcohol to minors. The legal drinking age was raised to 21 because of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. This stated that if a state did not enforce the legal drinking age of 21 that state would lose up to ten percent of their current highway spending from the federal government. States simply saw this …show more content…
Teens can easily obtain alcohol whatever the drinking age may be; which is a simple reason why the drinking age should be lowered. Teens who are eighteen are of legal age to sign up for the military and legally commit murder in order to protect their country, but are banned from having even one little drink of alcohol. Also a teen who is eighteen can vote in any election which is another simple reason why the drinking age mind as well be eighteen because being able to vote and go to war are huge privileges in comparison to drinking …show more content…
Accidents while driving under the influence of alcohol have been lowering each year since 1982 which was two years before the act was passed that made the legal drinking age 21. The rate of drunk driving is highest among people over the age of 21 which result in 90 percent of drunken accidents. This statistic alone shows that driving under the influence of alcohol and getting into an accident cannot be pinned on what the drinking age is. In some European countries the legal drinking age is either eighteen or as low as 16 and in these countries the amount of deaths while driving under the influence of alcohol have decreased faster than the rate of those in the United States where you must be 21 to drink legally. It seems as if lowering the drinking age may just keep more people alive rather than increase deaths. Also a lot of deaths can be prevented from consuming too much alcohol if the age is lowered because there are laws in some states that prevent anyone who partakes in underage drinking and reports their medical problems to authorities will not be punished. This would motivate underage drinkers to seek aid instead of getting injured or

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