Lowering the Legal Drinking Age From 21 to 18
In the United States the legal drinking age, with a few exceptions, is 21; this should be changed from 21 to the age of 18. This would help high schoolers and college students who generally commit the act of underage drinking anyways to avoid long lasting legal repercussions. This would also remove the excitement that many underage drinkers feel since for many, it would now be legal. This would help to lessen temptation and encourage today’s youth to drink in a more safe and responsible environment since it would be considered a normal activity and would no longer need to be done in secrecy.
While this issue may not appear to be a particularly important one, it often sparks controversy and debate amongst the proponents of both sides of the issue. Many who opposed to lowering the legal drinking age to anyone of 18 years or older often claim that maintaining the drinking restricts the irresponsible drinking younger people. However, those in support of the drinking age being lowered propose exactly the opposite. This would be that lowering the drinking age encourages younger drinkers to consume alcohol in an open environment where they are free from punishment and do not need to be pressured into breaking other laws and even regarding certain laws in general with disrespect since they have already broken one. (Engs) Additionally, as stated by many supporters of the legal drinking age being lowered, the legal
Bagby 2 drinking age laws are generally considered to be ineffective at actually preventing underage drinking.
Along with the argument that the minimum legal drinking age helps to prevent the consumption of alcohol in youths, many who do not support lowering the legal dr...
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...t of the countries of the world, especially those in Europe have largely had success with lower drinking ages. This just reinforces the concept that lowering the minimum legal drinking age would better help to integrate responsible drinking into society with young adults more seamlessly and responsibly than how things currently do in the United States.
In conclusion, the minimum legal drinking age in the United States should be lowered to the age of 18. This age has already been proven to be effective on a global scale and could definitely be implemented in the American culture. If this argument was brought up on a larger level such as a state or preferrably federal legislation then progress could definitely be made on
Bagby 5 this issue. The minimum legal drinking age being lowered to 18 could have an overall positive effect on the United States as a whole.