The Benefits Of Lowering Drinking Age

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The legal drinking age has been 21 for more than 30 years. However, it is still frequently debated whether 21 should remain the legal age to consume alcohol, or whether it should be changed to 18. The legal drinking age should be lowered to 18 for many reasons. One of these reasons is that even though it is widely argued that alcohol consumption damages development of the frontal lobe at age 18, this part of the brain can be still be damaged at age 21 just as easily. Another reason is that legalization of alcohol at age 18 would cause drinking to have less of a thrilling appeal to teens. Lastly, it is absurd that 18 year old adults can make life changing decisions, but cannot drink alcohol. I am not advocating a lowered drinking age for own personal enjoyment. It just seems logical. …show more content…

The frontal lobe development is essential for functions such as planning, organization, and emotional regulation. Now, while alcohol can cause damage to frontal lobes that are not fully developed, the University Of Rochester Medical Center (2017) explains that frontal lobes are not fully developed until the age of 25. Therefore, in order to avoid any damage to the brain caused by alcohol consumption, the legal drinking age would have to be raised to at least 25. And that is only if the law is abided by, which it is

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