The Drinking Age Should Not Be Lowered to 18

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The Drinking Age Should Not Be Lowered to 18 Sources across the globe have debated the idea of lowering the minimum drinking age in the United States. “There are 10.1 million underage drinkers in the United States... 39% of current 8th graders, 58% of 10th graders, 72% of 12th graders, and 85% of college students have tried alcohol”. ("Should the drinking age be lowered from 21 to a younger age, “2011)? The current minimum drinking age is 21, and many proponents of lowering the drinking age seek to have it set at the age 18. The drinking age should not be lowered to 18. Lowering the drinking age from 21 years old to 18 years old could lead to an increase in dangerous behavior such as drunken driving and car accidents, risk of developing alcoholism and people under the age of 21 do not fully understand the dangers of alcohol. A teenage driver and alcohol is a dangerous combination. Drinking and driving accidents are the number one cause of death among teenagers. “Traffic deaths from drunken driving have fallen steadily, with those involving teenagers 16 to 19 declining by 39.1 percent from 1982 to 1990, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)”. (Clark, 1992). Even though drinking and driving is a crime thousands of teens continue to get behind the wheel and kill thousands of innocent people in alcohol related crashes every year. There are drunken accidents because teens don’t take drinking and driving seriously. Teens just want to feel the pleasure and they want to feel good but don’t think about the other people or even there selves that they can kill on the road. Accidents can accrue because some teenagers are afraid to let their parents know that they drink instead of them calling them when they or their friend cannot drive, they decide to get behind the wheel and drive anyway. The drinking age should not be lowered because

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