Lowering the Drinking Age

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According to Andrew Herman, “Each year, 14,000 die from drinking too much. 600,000 are victims of alcohol related physical assault and 17,000 are a result of drunken driving deaths, many being innocent bystanders” (470). These massive numbers bring about an important realization: alcohol is a huge issue in America today. Although the problem is evident in Americans of all ages, the biggest issue is present in young adults and teens. In fact, teens begin to feel the effects of alcohol twice as fast as adults and are more likely to participate in “binge-drinking” (Sullivan 473). The problem is evident, but the solution may be simple. Although opponents argue lowering the drinking age could make alcohol available to some teens not mature enough to handle it, lowering the drinking age actually teaches responsibility and safety in young adults, maintains consistency in age laws, and diminishes temptation. Primarily, the drinking age should be lowered to teach responsibility and safety in young adults. The idea seems paradoxical; however, the high drinking age that is present in the U.S. today has only pushed underage drinking underground (Balko 458). In fact, America has the highest minimum drinking age in the world (Balko 459). Even though the American drinking age remains high, America still remains with an astonishingly large number of alcohol-related accidents and deaths. Is this statement a coincidence? Throughout the years alcohol has become more and more of an issue in young adults, but the correct actions are not taking place. If alcohol were to legally be put in the hands of Americans eighteen and above, these individuals would likely be forced to learn a sense of safety and responsibility. As stated by Caryn Sul... ... middle of paper ... ... Independent.org. Independent Institute, 1999. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. Gitz, Bradley R. “Save Us from Youth.” Practical Argument. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2014. 461-62. Glenn, Mike. “‘Man Who Killed Halloween’ Still Haunts Today.” Chron.com. Houston Chronicle, 29 Oct. 2004. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. Herman, Andrew. “Raise the Drinking Age to Twenty-Five.” Practical Argument. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2014. 470-71. “Recommended Strategies.” Collegedrinkingprevention.gov. College Drinking - Changing the Culture, 23 Sept. 2005. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. Sullivan, Caryn. “How Best to Balance the Benefits and Responsibilities of Adulthood.” Practical Argument. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2014. 473-74.

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