Why The Drinking Age Should Be 18

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Everyone agrees that alcohol shouldn’t be given to young adults or children under a certain age. Alcohol is a very dangerous substance, but when used moderately, it can give people some benefits, especially for people aged 65 and older. Consuming one drink per day can lower the risk of heart diseases and diabetes as well as improve memory, but this may not benefit everyone who drinks moderately. On the other hand, if you drink a lot, alcohol can also damage every part of your body, such as your brain, heart, liver and pancreas. All around the world, alcohol has been a part of religious, professional, family and social life. In the United States, when people reach the age of 18, they are considered adults. They have the right to vote for …show more content…
An 18 year old boy/girl’s brain is different from a 21 year old adult but there should be a law that states that teenagers should only consume a certain amount of alcohol if they are in public. Whether the legal drinking age is 18 or 21, there will always be problems related to alcohol and making 21 the legal age won’t change anything. Some teenagers might get their hands on alcohol and get intoxicated as they are never sure when they will have an opportunity to drink again. According to a study, 22 % of all students under 21 compared to 18 % over 21 years of age are heavy drinkers. 28% of high school students admit to missing at least one class over the course of a year because they had a hangover. About 2 in 3 high school students who drink, do it to the point of being intoxicated. John McCardell, a professor of history at Middlebury College, said “ If the drinking age were lowered then the government could license 18 years old-adults in the eye of the law- to drink, provided that they’ve completed high school, attended an alcohol- education course (that consists of more than temperance lectures and scare tactics), and kept a clean record.” Professor McCardell plan says that 18 through 20 year old would be able to purchase alcohol if they can demonstrate and maintain responsible behavior. By lowering the legal drinking age, there won’t be alcohol in private residences and fraternity houses and there will be more in public places. Fewer 18 to 20 year old adults might be drinking, but those who do it, drink more in secret than in public places because they might be worried about getting caught by the

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