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Lowering the Drinking Age: Making Youths into Adults

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One of the largest questions still up for debate is whether to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. We know that this issue is very mundane to you if you’re from the 70’s and 80’s. We can also recall learning about prohibition in the 1920s. Banning alcohol wasn’t the answer then and it isn’t the answer now. It is time America has lowered the drinking age. The push for this started by the founder of Choose Responsibility, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the increasing awareness of the harms associated with alcohol use among young adults. The United States is one of the only western nations left in which the drinking age is over 18. In most European cultures, drinking is perceived as a social activity. Therefore youths drink as responsible adults as opposed to reckless teens.

If society says you can vote, go to war, and buy cigarettes; which are just as harmful as alcohol; all at 18. Then why are they forbidden to consume alcohol? More officers and state police are coming forward and publicly agreeing to lower the age. About only 2 arrests or convictions are made for every 1,000 violations. MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Driving) were the ones who began the push for the higher drinking age. They stated that with the lower age there have been more highway accidents and fatalities from alcohol intoxication. When the bill passed in 1987, the drinking age was changed. Since then teenage drinking has only worsened, by forcing more underground and unsupervised drinking, making it more risky and less manageable. Minors began using and abusing alcohol, they were binge drinking and front-facing before going out for the night. In turn causing the number of off highway accidents and fatalities to rise. The MDLA (minimum legal drinkin...

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... by 35%, but did anyone teach them how to drink responsibly?

We don’t expect teenagers to learn to drive by themselves or children to read and write by themselves, so why do we except minors to drink responsibly without being taught to do so? Americans have created this artificial problem with alcohol. Prohibition does not work. You cannot stop anyone from drinking alcohol. If more time and effort was put into teaching teenagers the rights and wrongs of alcohol in school, they will be able to make better decisions. If parents showed through examples of what proper alcohol consumption looks like on a regular basis, then we might be able to stop this abuse trend. It might not happen in our life time, but if we start now statistics show that there could be a dramatic drop if we just tried. Were not in a situation to stop it, but in a situation to control it better.
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