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Lowering the Legal Drinking Age in the United States
Matthew Donadio
HUM 200
Instructor Stepp
May 18, 2013

LOWERING 2

Lowering the legal drinking age in the United States has been a topic of debate for as long as I can remember. Many people are for it or against it for many different reasons and those reasons is what I will be discussing in this paper. I will discuss six factors that are for lowering the drinking age and the factors that are against it as well. I always thought if you were old enough to get married, go to college, or fight in a war you should be old enough to consume alcohol. That’s always been my opinion, but regardless of where you stand on this topic it will always be a debate, especially if the government changes the legal limit to a lower age.

The first thing I would like to go over is the factors that are for lowering the legal drinking age limit. The number one and strongest factor for lowering the drinking age is how people can serve in the military and die for their country, but not allowed to consume an alcohol beverage. In addition you can vote, sign contracts, and get married as well. If they’re ready for those responsibilities then they should be ready to drink as well. The second factor is many countries that lowered the drinking age have fewer problems with alcoholism and alcohol related issues statistically (WiseGeek.com, 2013).

The third factor is that people who drink in private are at far more risk for potentially dangerous situations, where as being able to drink legally in public places would be far less dangerous (WiseGeek.com, 2013). The fourth factor is lowering the legal drinking age will make drinking less of thrill for most...
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