College Binge Drinking
The drinking age for the United States is a highly debated topic. When my parents were younger the drinking age was 18. In 1984, the drinking age was changed and increased to 21. There have been many politicians arguing about this topic and there will always be no matter what happens to the legal age to consume alcohol.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), argue to keep the drinking age as it is. They claim that decreasing the drinking age will increase the number of deaths on the highways because younger kids will be consuming alcohol and driving. In Wisconsin, youth traffic crashes, due to underage drinking, costs the state 311.3 million annually. This is the second highest cost behind youth violence. It is appalling when there is a fatality because of drinking and driving, and I understand what the MADD group is pushing for. If the drinking age was moved from 21 to 18 it would be more easily available for even younger kids. With the drinking age at 21 years old now, there are no high school students able to buy alcohol. Having the drinking age at 21 makes it harder for high school kids to get their hands on it because most adults that are able to buy alcohol and that would for underagers are in college. There are 18 year olds in high school and if it was legal for 18 year olds to buy alcohol, it would be even easier for younger kids to get their hands on alcohol. This would make 16 year olds more likely to drink and drive, not really knowing the affects and the consequences. Most people are friends with people about the same age as themselves so if the drinking age was 18 it just makes it that much easier to get alcohol for younger kids still in high school.
College students are going to drink no matter the age limit and campus police are aware of this also. I have heard many stories for all different University of Wisconsin schools, saying an officer will walk into a party and either tells them to leave or just turn the music...
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