Is Lowering the Drinking Age a Good Idea?

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Should teenagers be allowed to drink just because they turn eighteen and are now legally adults? Well, they do in Colorado. In 2009 there were over 10.8 million underage drinkers in the United States alone (Snyder).

Alcoholism affects so many people in the United States, but every state has different laws regarding what the legal age should really be. Many people say once they turn 18 they should be able to do whatever they want. They are able to be drafted for war, vote for the president of the United States, pay bills on their own, have cars in their own name, etc. So why not be able to drink? The drinking age has become a more controversial issue lately. More than two decades ago, people under the age of 21 were allowed to drink ("NYRA Debates . . . “). But, that all changed. The minimum drinking age became 21 because of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. This law told states to enact a minimum drinking age of 21 or lose up to ten percent of their federal highway funding. After this law was enforced, states quickly jumped to enforcing the laws (Trex).

Although in most states, the legal drinking age is 21, teens are still allowed to drink under this age, regarding some circumstances. In Colorado, if someone is

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under the age of 21, they are legally allowed to drink if their parent or guardian gives them permission. They must be under supervision of their parent or guardian and also be on private property ("Drinking Age…”). This can be a problem because this is why teens think it is okay to drink. Their parents let them do it, so when they get caught, (if they were to get caught) they would not care and just keep doing it more.

Young adults under the age of 21should not be allowed to drink for many reasons. One of the biggest debates on the drinking age is whether or not teens are mentally mature enough to drink by the time they turn 18. Most teens just drink to drink. They do not know when to stop. This is called binge...
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