The Benefits Of Lowering The Drinking Age

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In the United States the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) is currently at 21 years old. When the drinking age was changed from 18 to 21 in 1984, the main purpose was to lower the amount of highway deaths, caused by drunk driving. Even though the number of highway deaths has indeed lowered since then, raising the drinking age has also led to more deaths in general and has caused more problems that need the people’s attention. Such problems include the police focusing on ticketing or arresting underage drinkers, instead of focusing on more pressing matters. If the drinking age were to be lowered to 18 years old again these problems could diminish greatly. There would also be benefits of lowering the drinking age, such as helping the US economy through local businesses, and lowering the thrill to get drunk that most underage drinkers have. Overall, the United …show more content…
Police have been saying that there is no way that they will stop underage drinking and all they can hope to do is contain it ("The Debate On Lowering The Drinking Age"). If the drinking age would be lowered police would have a much easier job and could focus on other, more important problems. Police Chief Beckner states that they have tried even the most intense forms of law enforcement, but have barely made a dent in underage drinking ("The Debate On Lowering The Drinking Age"). If police are having this difficult of a time stopping underage drinking then the drinking age should be lowered so police don’t have to waste their time on this subject. With the possibility of the drinking age being lowered the newly legal drinkers will want to drink in public places such as bars and restaurants. Police could then stay alert to what is happening around them, but also keep an eye on the drinkers ("15 Reasons Why Drinking Age Should Be 18 -"). The police would be able to supervise and observe without arresting

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