Pros And Cons To Lowering The Drinking Age
The consumption of alcohol can interfere with the development of the frontal lobes of the young adults brain. The potential for addiction to alcohol is more likely, causes the drinker to take more risks, reduces decision making ability, and the potential to develop depression and commit suicide is greater. Lowering the age to 18 would allow younger people to drink in bars and night clubs, which are not safe establishments. Most DWI charges are charged to people who drank at licensed establishments. The age should stay the same because of the dangers that comes with drinking alcohol. There is lower alcohol consumption with the drinking age being 21 because less people are allowed to drink alcohol. The minimum age helps take away from underage binge drinking. 21 year olds are more responsible and mature than 18 year olds. Lowering the drinking age could also allow even younger kids to get ahold of alcohol. High schoolers could give even younger kids alcohol. Even with European drinking age being younger, a greater percentage of American teens drink than European teens. This may just be because of the minimum drinking age is 21 and kids want to break it. In Europe the kids may drink less because it is legal for them to. ("Drinking Age ProCon.org."