The Drinking Age Should Not Be Lowered Essays

1130 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Victoria Valdez
Professor Smith
English 061
02 December 2015
The Drinking Age Should Not Be Lowered in the United States Since the 1980s, the drinking age of 21 has been enforced on United States citizens. Within the last three decades, the drinking age has been debated and is still considered being lowered to the age of eighteen. In two thousand and eight, more than one hundred college presidents chose to team up with Choose Responsibility whose plan was to reduce the drinking age from twenty-one to eighteen-years old. Even though college campuses are struggling with students who are underage drinking and binge drinking, these colleges still chose to support the group. Even though eighteen year olds are considered adults, the United States drinking age should not be lowered because the current twenty-one or over law reduces traffic accidents/fatalities, reduces the negative effects on teens developing brains, and reduces the number of drinking youths.
Those who support lowering the drinking age like John McCardell, author of “Yes, the U.S. Legal Drinking Age Should be Lowered,” might argue that the minimum legal drinking age should be eighteen to be constant with other legal rights in the United States. However, lowering the age would only cause more deaths rather than preventing them. By lowering the age to 18, more adolescents will have more access to alcohol than ever before. This could create more of a problem with underage drinking rather than solving the issue.…

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