Should The Legal Drinking Age Be Lowered? Essay

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Should the legal drinking age be lowered to 18?
Have you ever met or been around someone who drinks way too much? Some people want the legal drinking age to be lowered to the age of 18, while others think the current age should be kept. The current legal drinking age is 21. This paper will examine the pro, con and my viewpoint on lowering or keeping the legal drinking age.
The current legal drinking age went into effect in 1988 and still continues to this day. Before this the legal age to purchase alcohol was only 18. Why did they change? Alcohol is the fastest growing substance abuse in young people from the ages of 12 to the age of 21. It is a fact that if you drink and drive you are two times as likely to get into a wreck. People who want the age lowered believe it will cut down the binge drinking. More than 1,800 college students die and a lot more are injured by alcohol because they do not know their limit. If you drink to much you will black out. People who do not want the age lowered believe that lowering the legal drinking age will have an increase in risky behavior and should be kept at the current age of 21. To begin with, lowering the legal drinking age would cut back on binge drinking by college students. People believe if you are old enough to fight in the war you should be old enough to have a drink. According to Glenn Reynolds law professor “If you get shot at, you deserve to be able to take a shot.” Glenn Reynolds also goes on to state “a drinking age of…

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