The Drinking Age Should Not Be Lowered Essay

989 Words Aug 5th, 2015 4 Pages
Alcoholism affects so many people in the United States due to accidents and much more, but, many people say once teens turn 18 they should be able to do whatever they want, If they are able to vote, purchase nicotine products and become our troops, etc. So why not be able to drink? The drinking age has become a more controversial issue lately. There are many reasons of why the drinking age should not be lowered, but if the drinking age was to be lowered to eighteen, fatalities would increase and more death cases would occur and also create health issues. Statistics say “The strongest evidence in favor of keeping the MLDA at 21 comes from the research that shows that raising the MLDA in 1984 saved approximately 25,000 lives, primarily by reducing alcohol-related traffic fatalities” In a study made by Nancy Barnett, The minimum age debate, it explains how many lives were saved since the drinking age was raised to twenty one (U.S. D.O.T., 2007). Because of proof of how many lives were saved by the drinking age increased the twenty one, why would we lower the age instead of avoiding an increase of death mortalities and health issues. Also lowering the drinking age, it would give younger teens to get their hands on alcohol. For example, once a teen has gotten intoxicated they are going to attempt to drive while intoxicated and putting their lives in harm and others out there and this creates problems because they are not in the correct state of mind. Alcohol also takes effect…

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