Legal Drinking Age Changing

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The discussion of changing the minimum legal drinking age back to 18 has been a “reverent” discussion since the minimum legal drinking age was changed to 21 years old. We, the United States, has one of the highest minimum legal drinking ages in world where it is legal to drink and this is a good property we have. The minimum drinking age should not be legally lowere due to the medical risks, hidden dangers, and the developments that are still happening to your body during this time.
There are major medical risks associated with lowering the minimum drinking age. Procon.org, a non-profit organization, says that “Alcohol consumption can interfere with development of the young adult brain 's frontal lobes, essential for functions such as emotional
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Lowering the drinking age would bring some of the same problems we have today with a raised drinking age. “An 18-year-old easily could make a purchase at the liquor store for a 16-year-old, giving that younger teen more opportunities to hurt himself” that also with the fact that “people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin drinking at age 21” (Alcantara 468). Drunk driving would also become a more common occurrence in America due to the relationship between a high minimum legal drinking age and the amount of drunk driving accidents. “National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that MLDA 21 decreased the number of fatal traffic accidents for 18- to 20-year-olds by 13% and saved approximately 27,052 lives from …show more content…
There are great risks associated with this change if it happens that can have long lasting risks on our future, which will ruin the health of our transitioning adults. This change could only be considered medical irresponsibility and a major action taken against the future of our country if one sides with lowering the minimum legal drinking age. This does not need to be an experiment you perform on a nation of people like lab rats waiting to see how it will turn out before you make your final statement when it is too late. As the late John F. Kennedy once said “We must do all that we can, to give our children the best in education and social upbringing - for while they are the youth of today, they shall be the leaders of

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