Research Paper Drinking Age

1534 Words Nov 16th, 2011 7 Pages
The legal drinking age refers to the youngest age at which a person is legally allowed to buy and consumes alcoholic beverages. The drinking age varies from country to country. Here in the United States the legal drinking age is twenty-one. There has been much debate on whether the drinking age in the United States should be lowered from twenty-one to eighteen. People in favor of keeping the drinking age at twenty-one believe that there will be less alcohol related injuries and deaths from vehicle accidents, as well less alcohol abuse among teens due to binge drinking. On the other side, people in favor of lowering the drinking age believe that since turning eighteen is considered an adult one should entail the rights and …show more content…
Today, there are active organizations that spread awareness about the hazards of drinking and driving. These efforts have definitely decreased the number of deaths due to teenage drinking and driving, but it is still a frightening issue. Teenage drinking and driving needs to stop completely in order to save the lives of young ones.
Binge drinking has been a serious problem recently among teenagers as well. Bing drinking is the act of drinking 5 or more drinks within a short period of time. 5 drinks may not seem like a lot, but for a teenager that is enough to get drunk which is a problem. Although binge drinking is a national problem it is more prevalent among teenagers. Approximately two-thirds of high school students who drink alcohol admit to binge drinking. The CDC estimates that 7.4 million high school students drink alcohol. Including 2.6 million binge drinkers (“Teen”). Compared to nondrinkers, teen binge drinkers were more likely to ride with a driver who has been drinking alcohol, more likely to be current smokers, more likely to be in a physical fight, more likely to have been raped or be involved in dating violence, more likely to have attempted suicide, and more likely to use marijuana, cocaine, and other drugs (“Teen”). Teenage binge drinkers also tend to have worse grades. Binge drinking is also commonly reported by boys than girls, and by

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