Arguments Against Lowering The Drinking Age To 18

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Alcohol Consumption at Eighteen Underage drinking occurs in most parts of the world. In the United States the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) is twenty-one years old. Many argue that it should be lowered to eighteen because they believe that it will lower the rate of accidents and deaths. Lowering the drinking age from twenty-one to eighteen years old will keep teenagers from drinking in dangerous environments; it will also urge them to seek appropriate medical attention while under the influence of alcohol. Modifying the MLDA from twenty-one to eighteen will stop pressuring teenagers into binge drinking.
Proponents of lowering the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) from 21 argue that it has not stopped teen drinking, and has instead pushed underage binge drinking into private and less controlled environments, leading to more health and life-endangering behavior by teens (“Drinking”).
Binge drinking is defined as consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Binge drinking is very common with people under the age of twenty-one because anyone underage cannot drink publicly, so they drink at house parties and other private areas. It can lead to extremely dangerous situations that can be life-threatening and can result in the need
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“Opponents of lowering the MLDA argue that teens have not yet reached an age where they can handle alcohol responsibly…” (“Drinking”). The dissident of lowering the drinking age to eighteen from twenty-one say that teenagers are not responsible enough. They also state that altering the MLDA would make it significantly easier for high school and middle school students to access alcohol. Nevertheless, supporters of amending the MLDA suppose that if an eighteen year old is responsible enough to get married, vote, join the military, and sign contracts, then they are responsible enough to drink

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