Lowering the Drinking Age

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Pros and Cons of Lowering the Drinking Age Anonymous Central High School Abstract Alcohol is a huge part of American culture. When depressed, stressed, or under the influence of any other psychological illnesses, young adults tend to turn to alcohol. Alcohol consumption is one of the biggest causes of death in America. Twenty-one is the age of consent when dealing with alcohol. Lately, this topic has become a big deal. There are great things that come out of the drinking age of twenty-one, but gratifying things would also come out of lowering it. By keeping the minimum drinking age at twenty-one, it would save countless lives. This reason alone should be enough to persuade one’s mind to want to keep it at twenty-one. Pros and Cons of Lowering the Drinking Age In today’s society, many young adults turn to alcohol to self-treat depression, stress, and other psychological illnesses. The legal drinking age in the United States of America is twenty-one. It has been that way since the late 1980s, but recently several states have been petitioning and campaigning to get that age lowered. The majority of the petitioners compare the drinking age to the age at which you are considered an adult, eighteen. For most of the people and organizations that support lowering the drinking age, their case is a person can fight and die for their country, serve jury duty , vote for President, but cannot have a beer or two while doing so. There are a smorgasbord of pros and cons to each side of the story. Cons “Alcohol consumption is the third leading actual cause of death in the United States, a major contributing factor to unintentional injuries, the leading cause of death for youths and young adults, and accounts for an estimated 75,000 or more total deaths in the United States annually.” (Wechsler & Nelson, 2010). Alcohol abuse is everywhere; mostly so in young adult’s
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