Essay about Should The Drinking Age Be Lowered?

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Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?
Eighteen, that magical age, everyone has dreamed about turning. The number eighteen is significant in America because it is when teenagers are finally given the chance to show the world they’re responsible young adults. This group is no longer viewed as children in America, but as young adults who can experience the same rights and privileges as other adults. As society keeps growing and changing, the discussion to keep the drinking age at twenty-one or to change it back to eighteen, has always been a spilt-decision creating such a debate. It is often argued that those who are eighteen can purchase cigarettes and firearms, fight and die in wars, and even get married; but on the other hand, cannot purchase alcohol. Why is alcohol deemed a destructive and perilous beverage to an eighteen-year-old? My intent in this paper is to discuss my viewpoint on why the legal drinking age should be lowered back to eighteen.
Twenty-one was not always the legal drinking age. In the early 1980s, Americans were able to purchase and drink beer starting at the age of eighteen. The age was altered due to complaints from the interest group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MAAD). (Barbour & Gerald 108) MADD was first introduced in the 1980s after Mrs. Lightner’s daughter was struck and killed by a drunk driver. Mrs. Lightner was outraged after she discovered the driver had four previous drunk driving convictions; however, to bring awareness to the losses from…

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