The Drinking Age Should Be 18

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In 1984 the Minimum Drinking Age Act of 21 was passed and made into a law that you have to be 21 to drink alcohol because the brain was thought to be fully developed. In 2013, a college professor thought that the age should be 18 because during an experiment with alcohol the kids appeared mature. Research shows that alcohol is the cause for 28% of college dropouts and also accounts for an average of 85,000 deaths. The drinking age should remain at 21 due to the fact that if lowered to 18, it could result in more drunk driving accidents and heavier drinking. First off, lowering the drinking age to 18 could result in more drunk driving fatalities. An average of 1,824 deaths occur each year in the U.S. In New Zealand they reduced the drinking…show more content…
90% of underage drinking is binge drinking. In other countries, with the drinking age at 18, binge drinking starts at age 13. Statistics show that heavy drinking could start at as young as 13 years old. In 2003, a study showed that kids started to drink at age 14, while in 1965 kids would start to drink at age 17, that’s a big age difference. Due to binge drinking, there are an estimated 300 suicides per year in the U.S. However, at age 18, kids could apply for a job, a credit card, join the army and even marry but can’t drink alcohol because the law is 21. But, at age 18, the brain isn’t fully developed and they could make bad decisions but at age 21, all parts of the brain are fully developed and they can make smarter decisions. At 18, the teens could be reckless with the alcohol and abuse it and hurt themselves or hurt others. Alcohol is very dangerous. If alcohol is abused, it could hurt others unintentionally. With the drinking age at 21, it’s a safer environment. Research shows that with the drinking age raised, there are 1,000 lives saved a year. Statistics show that if the law is moved down to 18, there will be a 10% increase in deaths due to alcohol. In order to save lives, the drinking age should still be 21 or there could be more driving injuries and heavier
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