Lowering The Legal Drinking Age

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Alcohol in the hands of an irresponsible person can be deadly. Furthermore, for anyone to consider lowering the legal drinking age to eighteen, seems ludicrous. In 1984 the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 was passed, raising the legal drinking age to 21, Surprisingly, many politicians and legislators begin to speak out about the decision. Mac McCann who argued for lower the drinking age to eighteen stated, “American adults who are old enough to marry, adopt children, serve on juries, enter into contracts, operate businesses, employ others, go to prison, be executed, obtain abortions, hunt with deadly weapons, fly airplanes, drive cars, purchase pornography, vote and risk their lives in the military are victims of political maneuvering. If those adults do decide to drink, they risk losing their driver’s licenses, being fined up to $500, 8-40 hours of community service and possibly even jail time. Mark Beckner, the police chief of Boulder, Colorado, sees the failure of our exceptionally high drinking age firsthand: “The overall advantage [of lowering the drinking age] ...

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