Drinking Age Debate

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At the age of 18 you are legally considered an adult in the U.S. It entitles you to what you would think to be the freedoms of a responsible adult. You can vote, get married, join the army and fight for our country, and even sign contracts. But somehow you’re not considered mature enough to have a sip of alcohol? This law should be considered discrimination against young adults in the 18-20 age range. What many people don’t know, is the real reason why we have the world’s highest drinking age. In 1984 congress threatened to reduce highway funding for all states who did not raise their minimun purchase age and public possession of alcohol laws. Of course all U.S. states complied with this act, nationally raising the legal age. They say it’s done to save lives, that it keeps youth away from the dangers of alcohol. The truth is we always want what we can’t have, and alcohol being a forbidden fruit creates a taboo of consuming it. Lowering the age will take the high of rebelling away from it.

The biggest problem we face with alcohol isn’t the use of it but the abuse of it. This law has pushed underage drinking behind closed doors and in unsupervised places that are unsafe for inexperienced drinkers. Statistics show that most who consume under age are indeed binge drinking. Binge drinking is considered having 5 or more alcoholic beverages within a 2 hour time frame. It has been known that there are 100,000 deaths annualy related to binge drinking and alcohol abuse. In July of 2008 John McCardell, a college president, initiated The Amethyst Initiative which supports lowering the national drinking age due to the harmful consequences of binge drinking. McCardell’s goal, along with the other 135 other college presidents who support the initiative, is to encourage new ideas on ways to teach young adults how to make responsible decisions regarding alcohol. It would be much more effective to teach today’s youth the risks and responsibilities involved with alcohol rather...
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