Lowering the Drinking Age
Laws are made to benefit and protect us. We have all heard the old folks saying, “learn how to pick your battles.” That is exactly what the government needs to do; fight battles they can win. In the state of Maine, a person must be twenty-one to purchase or consume alcohol. Instead, the drinking age should be lowered to eighteen. There has been an ongoing controversy in the United States about whether the drinking age should be lowered to eighteen, like most of the world, or if it should stay at twenty-one. Underage drinking has been a major controversial issue for years, yet why is it not under control? Teenagers are continuing to buy alcohol with fake identification cards, get into bars, and drink illegally. As a teen I have proof that these things are going on, not only in college, but in high school as well. There are a lot of factors that come together to why the drinking age should be lowered to eighteen; the most obvious reason is too many people are drinking before they are twenty-one. Liquor stores, bars, and clubs all want to make money, and if they can get away with selling to underage teens, then they will. In an interview done by 60 Minutes, police officers admit that they can’t stop under age drinking all that can be done is enforce the law. It was told that the enforcement results in two arrests for every thousands violations(“60 Minutes” 2). With that said, the law isn’t under control, or being inforced. The law is useless, because people under the legal drinking age are still drinking. Lowering the drinking age would take away some of the temptation. Drinking is not as much fun when it is allowed. The most common reason for underage drinking is because alcohol is seen as “the forbidden fruit” or “a badge of rebellion against Authority” and as a symbol of “adulthood.” In a study by Dr. Ruth Engs, Professor of applied health and science, it was found that by increasing the legal drinking age, young people tend to...
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