Should 18 Year Olds Be Allowed To Drink?

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Should 18 Year Olds Be Allowed to Drink? Should 18 year olds be allowed to drink? This has caused both the alcohol industry as well as multiple government agencies to clash over this issue. The danger of having young 18 year olds being able to drive and drink outweighs any privileges or responsibilities they are already given at that age, like voting and obtaining tobacco. I agree that the drinking age should remain at 21 and not any lower. For one, the total amount of fatal car accidents due to alcohol has gone done since the creation of The 1984 National Minimum Drinking Age Act. Also, keeping it at the 21 for the minimum age gives young adults more time to mature in their thinking and decision making when it comes to drinking. Finally, to lower the drinking would endanger just the young consumer but his peers as well by putting their lives at risk and possibly tempting them to drink as well. Fatal car crashes have been an issue since the introduction of the automobile. Thankfully, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an article published March 21, 2017, “The percentage of teens in high school who drink and drive by more than half since 1991” This is in part due to the MLDA Act that has restricted many new drivers from getting drunk and recklessly driving through towns. In that same article the CDC also claims, “Young drivers (ages16-20) are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% than when they have not been drinking.” Any change to the Act to lower the drinking age will only more likelihood to a fatal crash within that age group. At the Roanoke College, a private and liberal arts institute in Maryland, students complied a paper assignment with statistics of fatal car crashes due to drunk driving below the minimum drinking age. “…for the 19- and 20-year-old age cohort, after implementation of the age law, there was a startlingly and statistically significant decline (to the 4% level) in the number of driver deaths in single-vehicle nighttime accidents...” While adults and older teens would claim they could still drive sober and drink below the age of 21, the statistics show otherwise. No one can, in good thinking, lower
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