Why The Drinking Age Should Be Lowered

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When high school graduates go off to college it is a whole new world. Living in a new place with no parents around to tell them what to do. These young adults no longer have curfews and are now responsible for making their own decisions. It’s a big deal becoming an adult, not only because they are in college but also because in the eyes of the United States when a teenager turns eighteen they become a legal adult. With becoming an adult comes many new responsibilities, a person can now vote for the next elected representatives, they can live on their own and pay their own bills; it’s a brand new world for young adults. As a college student, alcohol is a very common occurrence. The minimum legal age to drink in the United States in twenty-one and it has always caused a continuing controversy. Alcohol is everywhere as well as underage drinking and as a college student that has participated in underage drinking, this research is personally invested in. Many argue that the drinking age should be lowered to eighteen since at eighteen one is legally an adult. At eighteen, Americans are allowed to vote, join the military and get married. Being an adult is about doing “adult-things”, drinking being one of them. The United States has one of the highest legal drinking ages in the world and many argue that the United States needs to lower it in order to be even with other countries. The United States should lower the legal drinking age to eighteen in order to be evenly matched with other countries and because at eighteen young men and women are allowed to join the military. The United States should keep the drinking age at twenty-one because it is medically irresponsible and to reduce the number of traffic violations. The United States i... ... middle of paper ... ...nd the Developing Brain. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015. . 10) Strickland, Kasie. "Should the Drinking Age Be 18? -." Pickens Sentinel. N.p., 24 Sept. 2014. Web. 06 Jan. 2015. . 11) Wagenaar, Alexander, and Traci Toomey. "Effects of Minimum Drinking Age Laws: Review and Analyses of the Literature from 1960 to 2000." Effects of Minimum Drinking Age Laws. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2015. . 12) Wallace, Amy E., Atticus Wallace, and William B. Weeks. "The U.S. Military as a Natural Experiment: Changes in Drinking Age, Military Environment, and Later Alcohol Treatment Episodes among Veterans." Dallas Community College. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Jan. 2015.
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