The Legal Drinking Age Of The United States

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Many people believe alcohol is essential to have a great time. Alcohol affects the parts of the brain that control movement, speech, judgment, and memory. This is why some people cannot remember the night before they went out drinking. Everybody knows that most teenagers have had a drink of alcohol before their twenty-first birthday. Most teenagers do drink regularly or binge-drink. There is nothing much anybody can do to prevent underage drinking. If a teenager is told they cannot have something, it inclines them to want it even more. Sometimes they will go to extreme lengths to obtain it. In 1984, Congress passed the law stating the legal drinking age in the United States was 21. (Alcoholism Timeline). I disagree with this law because I believe the legal drinking age in the United States should be eighteen. My reason for this is because if a person is able to sign up for the military at the age of eighteen, which is also when a person is considered to be an adult, they should be able to freely drink alcohol. “Nearly half of all alcohol use reported by college students is among those who are underage, according to the Johns Hopkins Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth, and about 40 percent of all college students binge drink.” (Abba). It is inevitable. College students are going to drink, even if they are underage students. "Lowering the national drinking age to 18 could greatly promote safer drinking habits, especially on college campuses.” (Abba). In this quote, lowering the drinking could help colleges promote safe drinking. When adults do go into the real world they will know to practice safe drinking to lessen the chance of getting into a car wreck which could end up in them taking their life or somebody else’s life. Teach... ... middle of paper ... ...ge, new drinkers are more likely to buy their underage friend alcohol even though it is still illegal. People believe that alcohol is essential to have a great time. At the end of the day, alcohol will affect the important parts of the brain not matter what age it is drunk at. If a teenager is told they cannot have something, it inclines them to want it even more and will go to extreme lengths to obtain it. Lowering the drinking age to eighteen is definitely worth trying. Even if everything does not work out the law can always be changed back just as it has been before. Change is always good even if it is not always agreed with it. No matter what solution is come up with, underage drinking will always be an issue, but lowering the drinking age could help promote safer drinking habits for generations to come, and entail, lowering the statistics of underage drinkers.
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