Legal Drinking Age

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Although the debate began many years ago, it still continues to this day. Should the legal drinking age be lowered, or should it not be lowered? The argument has always been massive, with both sides spitting out rebuttals left and right. Despite the fact that both sides showcase decent evidence, only one brings hard-hitting facts that truly make a difference: the legal drinking age should not be lowered because it helps prevents youths from driving drunk, it helps prevent youths from committing violent crimes, and it helps prevent incomplete develop of the brain. Even though drunk driving may not be one of the highest leading causes of death, it is still an enormous issue. As we all know, an inebriated person behind the wheel is extremely …show more content…
Not only will lowering the drinking age increase the amount of drunk driving, but will more than likely increase the rate of accidents caused by drinking and driving. Some minors may even be intimidated by the law, and removing would take away the barrier and show them that it is okay for them to drink at the age of eighteen or nineteen. With this influence in place, the level of drunk driving would decrease, especially in the youth, who are mostly affected by the law, and along with the rate of drinking and driving, the rate of car accidents caused by drunk driving would (presumably) decrease, resulting in the more young lives saved. Along with the prevention of drunk driving, by not lowering the legal age to consume alcohol violent crimes can be prevented. Violent crimes that can help be prevented by this include date rape, abuse, and homicide. Although these do not always occur with the offenders under the influence, but significant amounts of occurrences are the result of alcohol. For example, in a study, it was shown that over fifty percent of male and female students who have committed date rape, or have been raped, were under the influence of alcoholic substances (or drugs). Not only that, but a little less than fifty percent of attackers who commit assault were inebriated, and over seventy-five percent of people who commit homicide had been drinking alcohol. Think about that. If the drinking age were to be lowered to eighteen,
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