Pros And Cons Of Lowering The Drinking Age To 18

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As many people know the age at which one can legally consume alcohol in the United States is 21. At one point alcohol itself became completely illegal but I am writing this paper to argue that it should be lowered to 18. It is 18 or lower in many other countries and I willing be presenting an argument as to why the United States should be next to lower the age. To first understand why the drinking age should be lowered you must first understand some history of how it got to what it was. First I will start out in 1920 when the 18th amendment was past declaring all sales of alcohol illegal. It wasn’t until 1933 that the 21st amendment was passed to abolish this law making alcohol legal again. At this point each state was to determine an (MLDA) …show more content…

First of all the United States is one of only twelve countries in the world that still uses 21 was the minimum drinking age. The majority of the world (115 countries) are either 18 or 19. In America 18 is the age of adulthood you can vote, smoke cigarettes, serve on juries, get married, sign contracts, and be prosecuted as an adult. I would also add that at 18 you can join the military but underage drinking is legal for any military member well at a base but when they return home the same rules apply to them as well. With having to hold the same responsibilities as a 21 year old why not allow one to consume alcohol. Secondly by not allowing people under the age of 21 to drink in public it forces them to binge drink in unsafe and unmonitored locations as opposed to a restaurant or bar. According to 90% of underage drinking episodes constitute as underage drinking. Binge drinking is defined as having BAL or blood alcohol level over 0.08, which is the legal limit. This usually occurs when a male has about 6 drinks or female 5 in under 2 hours. Binge drinking can lead to serious health issues such as alcohol poisoning, liver disease and high blood pressure. On top of this young adults under age will try to do all their drinking before they go out which can lead to a dangerous amount of consumption of alcohol. In a lot of cases this can lead to alcohol poisoning and even death. When underage drinkers partake in drinking it is usually at house parties and private locations with no type of supervision or public safety measures such as a bar. This can lead to another serious issue sexual assault. It is reported that 80% of sexual assaults that occur under the age of 21 are alcohol related according to This is due to underage drinking being pushed underground and being consumed in larger quantities. Another issue faced is when

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