Drinking Age Should Remain 21
Today in the United States, the current drinking age is 21. President Ronald Reagan, in 1984, proposed the idea to knock off ten percent of each state’s funds for the highways that did not commit to changing their legal drinking age to 21. He had three main reasons for doing this. I completely believe in President Reagan’s general beliefs regarding the minimum legal drinking age: the mind is not fully developed at the age of eighteen, the issues of drinking and driving, and the national reports of underage drinking amongst high school and college students. With the drinking age at twenty-one we are reducing the rates of DUI’s, protecting harmful abuse against the natural brain development process, and protecting younger adults and teenagers in general. Although the exact effects of alcohol effecting the development of the developing brain have not yet been fully understood, current university studies show that there are harmful effects against the development of the brain and its frontal lobes. The consumption of alcohol can cause major issues such as: higher vulnerability to loss of memory, depression, addiction, violence, and ultimately suicide. Having the drinking age at twenty-one, people tend to be more responsible and have a higher level of maturity. Eighteen-year-olds are usually entering into a new stage of separation and dependence from their parents, either through work or school, and are more exposed to binge drinking, risk taking behavior, and premarital sex, all due to their lack of maturity. Although there are several state and university debates, arguing that the legal drinking age should be lowered to eighteen, there is also very strong evidence favoring that the legal drinking age remain at the age of twenty-one. If the drinking age was lowered to eighteen, it would be similar to the domino effect by causing children to consume alcohol at an even younger age. Lowering the legal drinking age from...
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