Pros And Cons Of Lowering The Drinking Age

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In America, on a person’s 18th birthday, not only does that person turn another year older, but they also become a legal adult. Becoming an adult is a big thing, you can vote, be drafted into the military, enlist in the military, serve on a jury, buy a lottery ticket, gamble, donate blood, and many, many other things. One thing that doesn’t make sense about turning 18 in the United States is that you can not legally purchase or ingest any alcohol. I am going to talk about why lowering the drinking age could help eliminate binge drinking, why increasing the drinking age hasn’t made a substantial difference, and what lowering the drinking age would do. Each state in the United States use to be able to determine their drinking age on their own terms. Although, in July of 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a Minimum Drinking Age Act. This act says that the minimum drinking age in the United States must be 21. Reagan also said that if any of the states did not obey this act they would face a reduction in highway funds under the Federal Highway Aid Act, not getting money to fund road constructions and highway funds. Most teenagers younger than 16 have already admitted to binge drinking. Binge drinking…show more content…
Some say that lowering the drinking age would create more problems. Many college presidents are in favor of keeping the minimum drinking age at 21. Having a uniform national drinking age has saved lives by removing the incentive for underage drinkers to travel to nearby states with a lower age limit to consume alcohol, this makes the drive home after a night of drinking easier for people above the age to 21. People also say that 18 is not a right and the United States declared that 21 is a reasonable age for a minimum drinking age. Lowering the drinking age will give high school and even middle school people easier access to alcohol (ProCon,
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