Pros And Cons Of The Drinking Age Debate

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The Drinking Age Debate: Should It Be Lowered, or Remain the Same? For many years there has been controversy about what the legal minimum age to consume alcohol in the United States should be. Many people believe that it would be beneficial to conform to the majority of other countries by lowering the legal age to eighteen. On the other hand, many believe that we should just leave the legal drinking age where it is now, at twenty-one. This controversy can be broken down into three main points of argument: safety, bingeing behavior, and maturity. The legal drinking age has always been a source of debate in this country, but in 2009, when “the 1984 drinking law that helps determine the drinking age [came] up for renewal,” the debate became a very popular and heated topic. According to a national survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “Alcohol Use Among Persons Aged 14 to 20,” in 2005 was “28.2”…show more content…
Many believe that reducing the drinking age would be an opportunity to increase safety in under-twenty-one drinkers, and reduce yearly fatalities. “In 1999…New Zealand lowered the drinking age from 20 to 18 and…alcohol-related crashes involving 15-to-19-year-olds subsequently fell” (Sanghavi). Public safety is better now than it was in 1984, “thanks to the effective public advocacy of organizations [such as] Mothers Against Drunk Driving” (McCardell). Also, “we are far more aware of the risks of drinking and driving” and “[a]utomobiles are much safer” (McCardell). “Alcohol related fatalities have declined over the past 25 years…in all age groups” (McCardell). By lowering the drinking age we could educate drinkers earlier, not only with knowledge, but practical, useable experience in a controlled environment. In college, most people under twenty-one will drink, regardless of the law, and will do so with little to no experience, increasing the chance of risky
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