Pros And Cons Of Keeping The Drinking Age At 18

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At what age is a person considered to be an adult? The age of eighteen usually represents adulthood. However, the drinking age is twenty- one due to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving group. “In 1984, Congress passed the Uniform Drinking Age Act, which required states to have a minimum drinking age of 21 for all types of alcohol consumption if they wanted to receive federal highway monies” (Main). This causing the states to be persuaded into changing their drinking age. Because of drunk driving, which can happen at any age, the drinking age was raised from eighteen to twenty- one. Therefore, the drinking age should be lowered back to eighteen. At the age of eighteen people may enter the armed forces, vote for political leaders, pay taxes, operate …show more content…
“When undergraduates binge drink, they get into trouble-- a lot of it… They sexually assault their female companions… In short, college students do stupid, illegal, dangerous, and sometimes deadly things when they drink” (Main). However, alcohol can get anyone in trouble regardless of age if they do not know how to control themselves. Yes, having the drinking age at twenty- one does save some people from trouble, but not all. Many people still drink underage, some getting in trouble, and some coming out perfectly fine. “According to a MADD article, keeping the drinking age at 21 has saved more than 25,000 lives” (“Drinking age is 21 for a reason”). Mothers Against Drunk Driving wanted an increase to the drinking age to prevent drunk driving deaths. As seen from the statistics, the number of deaths went down, but drunk driving can still occur at any age. Maturity plays a huge role in drinking and the age of drinking, having said that some people mature may before …show more content…
Alcohol can be seen at weddings, business dinners, concerts, sporting events, family dinners, and festivals. Having the drinking age at twenty- one can sometimes cause college students to miss events in the city surrounding their campuses. “The minimum drinking age excludes a significant part of our university population from participating in numerous activities - namely the arts…. Last week, the Daily Nebraskan staff wrote an editorial highlighting the positivity of the local Lincoln Calling music festival, lauding it as ‘one of the best things about the city’” (Tyrrell). The festival mentioned as the “best thing about the city” is a prime example of a cultural experience a college students may miss due to the drinking age being twenty- one. In Las Vegas, Nevada anyone under the age of twenty- one is not allowed to be in the casino area unless they are just passing through, due to the alcohol. A lot of military balls are held in Las Vegas, therefore those who are eighteen attending the ball miss the biggest culture experience in Las Vegas due to their “lack of responsibility” with alcohol. “We need to use our resources for education for adults to do the right thing with alcohol instead of excluding our most progressive generation from participating in an alcohol- infused culture” (Tyrrell). Alcohol is a big part of the world today not only to go out and party, but to casually drink for the enjoyment,

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