Drinking Age To 18 Persuasive Speech

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Should we lower the drinking age to 18? Back in 1987, the United Sates raised the drinking age to 21. The theory was to try and decrease the number of accidents involving alcohol. Also to, prevent teens from drinking at a young age and prevent them from driving while under the influence. But, that's not the case. More people under 21 are drinking then people 21 and over. People who are 18, can fight in a war and have someone else's life in their hands, but they can't have a beer in their hand? I'm here to tell you that I think the drinking age should be lowered to 18. All the things the law is trying to prevent by raising the drinking age, is counter active by other things. There are more pros than cons with lowering the drinking age…show more content…
These are affected by increasing the drinking age. For instance, those under the age of 21 are most likely to become heavy drinkers. 22% of students under 21 compared to 18% of over 21 are heavy drinkers. For drinkers alone, 32% of under age compared to 24% of legal age are heavy drinkers. Before the drinking age was raised 46% of people said they were vomiting after drinking, but that increased to 50% after they changed the age. For kids cutting class, it went from 9% to 12%. Missing class because of a hangover jumped from 26% to 28%. Some people argue that teens are getting lower grades because of drinking, but that percentage went from 5% to 7%. Adults may also argue that drinking may cause kids to get in fights and cause trouble. After the drinking age went up, the percentage went from 12% to 17%. All these things are caused from irresponsible drinking. Irresponsible drinking is due to teens drinking without adult…show more content…
Teens will not have the thrill of breaking the law. It will just seem like a thing people do, but in moderation. Teens find it thrilling to do something that's forbidden. Take it from me, I am a 17 year old teenager. When someone tells me not to do something, it makes me want to do it more. If I'm allowed to do something I don't do it as much, because I know I can do it whenever, without consequences. Most teens are scared of getting caught and calling their parents to come get them, because they can't drive home. So teens get in their cars and drive home, avoiding getting in trouble. If the drinking age was lowered, they would legally be allowed to drink. Therefore, they can call a relative or adult to come get them without getting in trouble. This alone prevents accidents. Everything I have stated about lowering the drinking age has more pros than cons. Raising the drinking age seems to be creating more problems than resolutions. Wasn't the purpose of raising the drinking age to save lives? Teens are going to drink regardless of what the legally age is. There seems to be less complication with the lower drinking age. Lowering the age will allow teens to drink with supervision. Lowering the drinking age will make drinking less popular. So please read the pros carefully, and for the sake of underage drinkers, lower the

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