Lowering the Drinking Age

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Most people have heard about the debate in the U.S. about lowering the current drinking age. A lot of people believe that it should be lowered, but also there are a considerable amount of people who think it should stay the same. This debate has been going on for several years now and it seems like there will be no change as of now. The drinking age in the United States is currently 21, however, for several reasons it should be lowered to 18. People find it bizarre that the tobacco age is 18, but the drinking age is 21? People care more about alcohol than they do tobacco products, but tobacco is one of the leading killers in the U.S. today. Allowing 18 year olds to start ingesting tobacco products, such as cigarettes or chewing tobacco, at the age of only 18 will give them an earlier start to becoming addicted, and in the long run, shorten their life span. Some think it is absurd letting people smoke, but they cannot go out with friends and drink. Smoking and drinking are both addictive and can have negative effects if used improperly, but smoking one cigarette is more harmful than drinking one beer. If they lowered the drinking age to 18, there would be a lot fewer problems related to alcohol. Lowering the drinking age would take away the excitement of teens drinking. People who are under the age and drink see drinking as a rebellious act. Under age teens will drink less than they did before since the thrill of is gone. They will not drink as much as they would before because they know that drinking can occur more often and will not binge drink. Under age teens binge drink because they do not know when they will have the opportunity to drink again. When high school graduates go to college, they must drink secretly, and only ... ... middle of paper ... ... age in the U.S. The drinking age is 21, but several reasons show that it should be brought down to 18. Drinking goes on with people under the age of 21, however, by lowering the age there will be less alcohol related problem. Being able to drink is a sign of maturity and growing up, and most people are becoming more independent, and make their own choices as 18 year olds. When they make their own choices they will take full responsibility for their actions. If someone is mature enough to smoke, they should be allowed to drink. The U.S. government should lower the drinking age to 18 based on the positive effects it will have in the communities, states, and nation. Lowering the drinking age in the United States is one of the topics that has been debated for years. However, it should be lowered, and in doing so this will make the U.S. a better and safer place to live.

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