Why We Should Lower the Drinking Age to 19. Retrieved from http://www2.potsdam.edu/alcohol/YouthIssues/1046348192.html#.U2ri9ctOXIU
Should the United States follow other countries in their quest to end the debate on the drinking age? The United States can take a look at other States such as: Germany, the Netherlands and France, and see how successful they are. Many teenagers would jump on the bandwagon of lowering the drinking age just because they want to have the ability to drink, the argument of being able to die for the United States but can’t drink and it would take away the “Forbidden Fruit” of drinking. Much of the older generations would jump on the bandwagon of keeping the drinking age the same because they had to wait to drink, because drinking has adverse effects on the brain and drinking could lead to binge drinking. The United States define an adult as an individual reaching the age of 18.
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At age eighteen society expects citizens to act like adults and hence should be given the right to drink. These young adults “can drive cars, fly planes, marry, vote, pay taxes, take out loans, and risk their lives as members of the U.S armed forces” but one right is not granted to them: the consumption of alcohol (Source A). Since so many responsibilities are established for these adults, I think the leisure of drinking should also be given to them. Most young adults perform these... ... middle of paper ... ... problem is definitely no to raise the age. Lowering the age to eighteen is not either but I think that it will reduce the amount of teenagers that drink because it will not be “cool” to do once drinking is an activity that some of their peers are permitted to do.
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At 18 years of age in the U.S, one can vote, smoke, serve on a jury, get married, and even die for their country yet they cannot have a glass of wine. Despite the fact that so-called adults have the right to make their own decisions, they are not allowed to consume alcohol until the golden age of 21. This law has caused those who are under the age of 21 to be tempted to break the law every time they want to consume alcohol. Lowering the drinking age to 18 would encourage people to drink responsibly and it would reduce traffic accidents that are caused by people driving under the influence. It is believed that alcohol originated around the Mesopotamian area thousands of years ago.
These facts clearly indicate that the current law is not even helping deter people under 21 from drinking, but instead are encouraging them to drink more. Counters/Solutions It seems logical that when turning eighteen, and gain the status of legal adult, people should have the choice of whether or not they want to drink. However, some believe that “enforcing the legal drinking age of 21 reduces traffic crashes, protects young people’s maturing brains, and keeps young people safe overall” (Why 21? 2011). “It saves lives by preventing alcohol-related traffic fatalities among 18-20-year-olds and the rest of the population” (Kindelberger, 2005).