Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered

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Should the drinking age be lowered? Peggy Stancil Everest University SHOULD THE LEGAL DRINKING AGE BE LOWERED? The legal drinking age should be lowered and young adults should be allowed to drink in controlled environments such as restaurants, pubs, taverns and official school and university functions. There has been a lot of debate regarding the legal drinking age here in the US. When it comes to the law there is always an opinion, some are for it and some are against it, currently the legal drinking age is 21. Approximately 5,000 people each year under the age of 21 die as a result to underage drinking. 1,900 of these deaths occur from motor vehicle accidents. 1,600 occur as a result of a homicide. 300 deaths occur from suicide. Several hundred are also injured from falls, burns and drowning. (NIAAA, Janu) Why would you want to jeopardize your long life ahead as a result from drinking and driving? An 18 year old in the US has the right to vote, serve in the military, can purchase tobacco and lottery products, can make a legal commitment to marry someone. So if a 18 year old can decide who the potential leader of our country should be and purchase lottery and tobacco products and take a bullet for their country, they should have every right to purchase and drink alcohol. I have often heard that an 18 year old compared to a 21 year old has less tolerance for alcohol, while this might be true, but tolerance does not come with age, tolerance comes with the realization of responsibility and there are way more people responsible at 15 than some are at 50. A person under the age of 21 sees alcohol as “the forbidden fruit”. This curiosity leads to more people under the legal age drinking anyway, they get the alcohol from someone they know who is of the legal age to purchase and when they do have the opportunity to consume alcohol they get overly drunk
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