Lower the Drinking Age

924 WordsMay 13, 20024 Pages
Lower the Drinking Age Everyone knows that it is illegal to consume alcohol under the age of 21. Why is 21 the "magical" age that makes a person intelligent and mature enough to consume alcohol? Sure, some adults abuse alcohol and some teenagers would be perfectly able to drink responsibly, but why not 18 or 35 or 40? This seemingly random number, 21, is associated with adulthood, as if the day a person turns 21 they know everything and are mature. The drinking age should be lowered to where one can learn to drink responsibly. First, the drinking age used to be 18 in some states. Many of today's parents were legally allowed to drink at 18. Today, teenagers are faced with more responsibility and are treated more like adults…show more content…
These all may be helpful but if the drinking age was 18 again, this funding could be used for much more worthwhile programs, such as educational grants, scholarships, financial aid, and funding for educational departments within the college or university. Fifthly, with the focus on education about safe drinking instead of restriction, many problems would decrease. American teenagers, unlike European teenagers, do not learn how to drink gradually, safely, and in moderation. Though the per capita consumption of alcohol in countries like France, Spain, and Portugal is greater than in the US, (the rate of alcoholism and alcohol abuse is lower). This comes from educated and gradual drinking. Alcohol is not seen as a magic potion, there is little social pressure to drink, irresponsible behavior is not tolerated, and young people learn at home from their parents how to handle alcohol in a responsible way in Europe. Lastly, if the drinking age would be lowered to 18, everyone would benefit from it. Students would drink less, their drinking environments would be safer, and the general public's tax money would be put to better use. Even though many would say that there are many benefits to the higher drinking age, but the benefits of the lower drinking age outweigh the benefits of the higher drinking age. Because the 21-year-old drinking age is not working, they need to change the law and teach responsible drinking
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