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Is it Beneficial to Lower the Legal Drinking Age?

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Traditionally, at 18 years of age a person is no longer a minor. Yet, a person cannot legally buy a drink in America until they reach the age of 21. Meanwhile, in countries outside of the U.S. the drinking age is set at 18 years old. Although adults at 21 years old can drink, lowering the legal drinking age to 18 is not necessarily beneficial not only to our society but because there happens to be much rebellion and a vast majority of young adults in America are addicted to alcohol. But, keeping the drinking age at 21 avoids negative effects of alcohol consummation before 21, and it allows for less violence in the community.
However, our society’s specific age approach tends to come down to restricting the freedoms of the young and increasing their punishments. Debate over the drinking age has been a long battle over the years and has only gotten worse. Almost every other country besides America sets the drinking age at 18. Is a 19 year-old responsible enough to go to war yet not order an alcoholic drink at a bar?
The minimum drinking age has proven to have saved young citizens lives throughout America. In 1984, Congress refused to give funding for highways to any state that did not comply with raising the minimum drinking age to 21. “The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 required all states to raise their minimum purchase and public possession of alcohol age to 21. States that did not comply faced a reduction in highway funds under the Federal Highway Aid Act. The U.S. Department of Transportation has determined that all states are in compliance with this act“(1) But, according to the national law, states must prohibit purchase and public possession of alcoholic beverages. Public possession does not apply to poss...

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...in life is larger for those to begin drinking under the age of 21. Violence is another outcome of drinking alcohol, especially underage drinking. Violence often lead to attacks, fights, and potentially suicide. 1 out of 3 suicides of people between the ages of 18-24 are associated with alcohol abuse.
The drinking age is going to be a constant conflict for generations to come, especially with a democracy. Half of the population wants it to stay at 21 and the other half demands it to be lowered to 18. If the drinking age is lowered we are taking a risk, an unhealthy one at that and if we keep the drinking age we should continue to expect rebellion. That being said crime rates would increase regardless of the change. More rebels, violence, physical, and emotional damage to society and the individual. This is a difficult topic and unfortunately the solution is unclear
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