The Pros And Cons Of Lowering The Drinking Age At 18

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Introduction Ever since the United States raised its drinking age from 18 to 21, there has been an ongoing debate as to whether this regulation was fair, or even legal. Many people will argue that if a person can get drafted into the military and die for their country, it’s only fair that they should be able to legally drink a beer if they want to. On the other hand, it is well known that young people are still developing both neurologically and socially while still in their late teenage years. Couple this fact with the dangers of mixing alcohol with driving, and one will quickly understand that a lower drinking age will literally cost tens of thousands of American lives. It is the purpose of this paper to argue that it would be better to keep the legal drinking age at 21, …show more content…
Proponents will often argue that if a person can get drafted, sign contracts, be prosecuted as an adult, vote in national elections, or get married…they should be able to drink a beer if they want to (ProCon 2016). On the face of this argument, one would find this statement to be very compelling and logical. There are many reasonable and educated people that would take this type of stance. Another leading argument is that teenagers are going to drink anyway, so why not let them come out of the shadows and drink in the open where they can be more easily monitored. In fact, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse of Columbia University (CASA), “In 2006, 72.2% of all 12th graders reported drinking at some point in their lives” (CASA, 2006) With a statistic such as this, one would have to reasonably ask, “what is the use in having a higher drinking age, if we can’t enforce it in the first place?” In brief, it is these types of logical and common sense arguments that has kept this debate alive for more than 30 years to

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