Consequences of Underage Drinking

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Should the Minimum Legal Drinking Age of 21 be lowered to the age of 18? After the legal voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 in 1971, 30 US states ended up lowering their MLDA to 18, 19, or 20. When the states started implementing the Minimum Legal Drinking Age, they saved approximately 20,000 lives. They also decreased the number of alcohol-related youth fatalities among drivers by 63 percent since 1982. By 1982, only 14 US states had the MLDA of 21. In 1984, all of the states that have recently lowered their MLDA from 21 have all raised their MLDA back to 21. In 47 of 50 states age 18 is the “age of majority”, but the Minimum Legal Drinking Age is still at the age of 21. The minimum legal drinking age should stay at the age of 21 and not be lowered to 18 because of the medical reasons behind it, and could help prevent traffic accidents from happening. Drinking under the age of 21 should not be allowed because of the medical reasons behind it. “Brains can be severely damaged by alcohol, especially if the brain is not fully developed” (BigJohny). When you drink under the age of 21, you will get these long-term consequences from doing so. The long-term consequences that could come from drinking under the age of 21 are having brain malfunctions and becoming brain dead. Every time you drink you cause yourself to lose brain cells, without the brain being fully developed you will stop the growth of your brain cells while killing others. The brain is actually never fully developed until the age of 21. “Research indicated that the brain continues to develop until age 21, and young brains can be irreversibly damaged by alcohol” (BigJohny). When you are under the age of 21 and you decide to drink, the growing process of your brain could... ... middle of paper ... ...t it would be good for the state too. The MLDA has changed between 21 and 18 over the years, but it is currently at the age it should stay at, 21. People should be able to learn that underage drinking can be detrimental to anyone. If the MLDA does not stand at 21, there could be a lot more traffic accidents and fatalities from it. More people should learn about the effects of what underage drinking can do to people because if they knew what kind of damage underage drinking could do, they would not want to be drinking under the age of 21 anymore. This world will be a much safer place if people understand that the consequences of drinking are harsh. If everyone were able to follow the rules of MLDA, there could be a lot less deaths each year. Everyone should realize the underage drinking is horrible for people and should be taught to not drink until the age of 21.

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