Against Lowering Drinking Age

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Against lowering drinking age Why does the United States have an age limit to a citizen’s right to consume alcohol? Is there a valid reason for these restrictions? During the Prohibition movement in the late 18th and early 19th century, the widespread use and abuse of alcohol in the United States brought grave and serious concerns to the nation. The adverse effects of drinking were harming the American society and population. Therefore, with the enactment of the 21st amendment, progress was made to not completely ban, but to set limits on alcohol. The passing of this amendment allowed each state to set its own alcohol consumption laws, and now the legal drinking age in all 50 states is at the age of 21. Although there have been arguments made to lowering the age, the legal limit should stay at 21, and the nation should not take a step backwards in the progress that it has already made. The legal drinking age should not be lowered for the health protection of young adult American citizens and for the prevention of the thousands of harmful accidents that occur each year from alcohol abuse. One way of describing alcohol is to call it a “toxic drink” for the body. Alcohol is harmful to the human body, and even more harmful to young adults, whose bodies and minds have not fully matured to handle the effects of alcohol. The abuse of alcohol results in both physical and mental damages to humans. Damages include liver damage, addiction, and depression. “Also, lowering the drinking age would have dangerous long-term consequences: Early teen drinkers are not only more susceptible to alcoholism but to developing the disease earlier and more quickly than others” (Dean-Mooney). By lowering the age limit, more young adults will be granted access to alcohol and put their own lives in harm and danger. Health conditions will skyrocket in the United States, and there

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