Lowering Legal Drinking Age

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Lowering the legal drinking age in the United States Legal drinking age in this country was not always twenty-one; it has fluctuated between twenty-one and eighteen over the past few decades. In the article, “Underage Drinking and the Drinking Age” by Carla T. Main, the issues of voting age during the Vietnam War are discussed. Furthermore, she speaks about how the change of the legal voting age is linked to the change of the minimum legal drinking age. Along with this issue came the issue of lowering the minimum legal drinking age as well. Americans began to realize that as eighteen year olds, citizens were given many rights, and those should include voting and drinking. At eighteen, rights include serving the United State military, the ability to get married, and being able to legal sign contracts on your own “The right to drink should have a higher age of initation because of the dangers posed by drinking” (Procon, 2013). A person cannot legally gamble, adopt a child, and purchase a gun until age 21. Same restrictions should be applied to drinking. (Procon, 2013). As many teenagers enter college, they begin to experiment with many things. Although not all students participate in underage drinking, it is evident that a vast majority do. Drinking is not the problem. The main problem occurs when students resort to binge drinking. “Allowing 18-20-year-olds to drink alcohol in regulated environments with supervision would decrease unsafe drinking activity.” (Procon, 2013). The prohibiting of this age group from drinking in monitored establishments encourage the drinking to be done in unsupervised places, such as frat houses, sorority houses, or house parties, this could in turn began the binge drinking and other unsafe behavior. Binge drinking leads to several serious problems. Injuries that result from binge drinking include, but are not
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