Reasons for Maintaining Current Drinking Age
Recently, the current drinking age has become a major topic of discussion amongst Americans with whether it is too old or just right. Recent studies have shown that underage drinking has become a major problem in the United States, not only because it is illegal for them, but because people underage have shown they do not know how to drink in moderation and responsibly. Another reason the current drinking age should be maintained is because drinking has caused many problems on college campuses with the behavior of the students who drink on or near campus. Excessive drinking has caused many students consequences that they would not have had to deal with if they were not under the influence of alcohol is another reason to maintain the current drinking age. Lastly, underage drinkers do not realize the seriousness of drunken driving and seem to be a lot more liberal with driving after drinking than people that are of age. The current drinking age is perfect for our current society because it allows time for maturity before legally being able to drink, and lowering it would only increase problems with people who drink between the ages of 17-20.
The first reason that the legal drinking age must be maintained is because most underage drinkers do not know how to drink in moderation and be responsible. As stated in Underage Drinking by Charles S. Clark “’What seems different today,’ says OSAP spokesman Lewis D. Eigen, ‘is that we're getting reports from all over that kids are getting drunk not just inadvertently at a party, but as a result of intentionally downing the greater and greater amounts of alcohol that are needed to get that effect’” (Clark 2). It is also shown in the same article that 30% of high school students and 43% of college students have drunk to excess (binge drinking). These statistics are startling because it shows that underage people are not mature enough to be given the freedom to drink. The point of...
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