Should America Lower the Legal Drinking Age to 18?
When it comes to the discussion over lowering the legal drinking age to eighteen, people express various different ideas and beliefs concerning the issue. Some believe that the drinking age for alcohol should be lowered and others believe that it should stay the same. Those that do believe lowering the drinking age is the best route to take, do have valid points. However, there are others who argue that changing the law will not change things for the better. In the end, one could feel that lowering the drinking age to eighteen could actually show signs of promise in equality for all American adults. Changing this law could decrease the tendency of young adults to break the law, and could train them to have more self-control.
People that oppose changing this law, have several arguments that make them believe their cause is right. They believe that “By lowering the drinking age, it would be putting a societal stamp of approval on the damage that alcohol can cause in the developing brain” (Pros and Cons of Lowering the Drinking Age). They also argue that “Lowering the drinking age will invite more use of illicit drugs among 18-21 year olds” (Drinking Age ProCon.org). Even though these are valid points, research shows that reducing the legal age could actually have the opposite effect on the matter.
In America, when a person turns eighteen, that person is now considered an adult and is treated like one as well. That person is entrusted with responsibilities such as voting, enlisting in the armed services, opening personal bank accounts and possibly holding public office. If a person can be entrusted with such responsibilities at that particular age, who can say that he/she is not ...
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...l drinking age to eighteen could have a positive effect on American society when it is finally accomplished. Lowering the drinking age could result in a sense of more equality for all American adults. It could decrease the acts of breaking the law by young adults, and could also train them to have more self-control. Changing this law shows great deal of promise for the future and can result in great change for America.
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