Why the Drinking Age Should Not Be Lowered

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At this point in my life there are a very few things holding me back from what most people would call total freedom. In less than a month’s time, I will be twenty years old. I’ve been able to exercise my rights at a legal adult for almost two full years now, one thing that I have not been able to do is buy or drink alcohol legally, that was a steadfast rule that I thought was ingrained into our society and would never get real backing…until now. Recently major universities across the country are now petitioning lawmakers to think twice about the legal drinking age and reconsider their stances on the subject. Since universities are places of importance with highly respected people the issue is actually getting looked at in a serious light, more so then it ever has since the Vietnam War era. If the Universities get their way and have the law changed alcohol will be present on college campuses more so then what they are now. The biggest problem with this is that lowering the drinking age to eighteen will legalize high school teens to be able to purchase the alcohol, thus making it more readily available for all teens in high school, which highly outweigh the benefits by a long shot.

One of the many arguments and maybe the most prominent points that people make is that, if an eighteen year old is able to sign up for the army or be drafted into war then they should be able to buy alcohol. This idea isn’t a new one, during the Vietnam War the thirty-seven President Richard Nixon signed a bill that lowered the drinking age to eighteen for twenty-nine states. After a short time the bill was quickly over turned due to the amount of car accidents that were fatal. (1) According to the national Highway traffic safety Administration the number of fatal car crashes were cut 20% after the bill was overturned and the drinking age was restored once again to twenty-one. Since 1975 is has been estimated that 19,121 lives have been saved from increasing the age back to twenty-one...
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