Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?

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There has been a question looming for years on whether or not the drinking age should be dropped down from 21 to 18. Many people have views or opinions on what the legal drinking age should or should not be. Right now the legal drinking age is 21, and many people, especially a younger crowd, are working extremely hard to change that to 18. All over the world, different countries have a different standard which leads to a different drinking age. There is a reason why the United States has put the legal drinking age at 21. This was to ensure that there will be no underage drinking, which today has clearly not been the best idea because underage drinking happens more and more frequently. The legal drinking age differs from country to country, seeing as the United States has a drinking age of 21, in Germany the drinking age is 16 (Alcohol Problems and Solutions, www2.potsdam.edu). I lived in Germany for five years, and I was above the drinking age when I moved there as far as the standards which was 16 years old. At the time I was 22, which were also above the standards for the United States. I had an eye opener when I lived there because I was able to compare someone who was from Germany who was 17 or 18 years old and also someone who was from the United States who was in their 20’s. Both legally allowed to drink alcohol according to the law, do you want to guess which one handled their liquor better? Shock of all shocks it was the person from Germany who was 18 years old. I am beginning to wonder if it was the environment that they grew up in, more responsible perhaps. It is no surprise that there are underage people trying to score booze, it’s practically a weekend ritual in many colleges across the United States. A big problem with underage drinking is that many of those that are underage and are engaged in heavy drinking do not understand the affects of what alcohol can do to them. The damage of excessive alcohol drinking to the brain and body can...
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