Essay on The Legal Drinking Age Should Be 18

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The laws concerning the minimum drinking age in this country sometimes seem ridiculous and unnecessary. In this paper, I will discuss why certain laws are unfair and I will provide alternatives to certain problems concerning underage drinking and binge drinking.

Let?s face it, no matter what laws the government enforces to cut down on underage drinking, it is commonplace and happens everywhere from grade school through high school and predominantly in college. The government is looking to stop teen drinking rather than manage it. According to Time Magazine, half the students age 10 to 24 questioned in a 1999 study by the Centers for Disease Control said they had consumed alcohol in the preceding month.

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From what I have seen and heard from my own experiences, no. If someone waits until they are 21 to start drinking, they will get buzzed and their thought process can be altered off very little alcohol. If the drinking age is reduced to 18, teens can responsibly drink and can learn their lessons about how much is too much, etc. When drinking is legal, it takes place in the open, where it can be supervised by police, security guards, and even health-care workers. When the drinking age went up, the spigot was not turned off; it was simply moved underground-to homes or cars, or frat-house basements-where no adult could keep an eye on things. Middlebury president John McCardell says, ?The 21-year drinking age has not reduced drinking on campuses, it has probably increased it.? This idea goes back to childhood where parents tell a child not to open a certain box or to not touch the stove, but until the child touches the stove and learns that it is hot, they will always be curious as to why they are forbidden to do something. Telling a child or even a teen that something is off limits, makes it even more appealing to them.

Some alternatives to this high and strict minimum drinking age could be to give all students a state funded alcohol awareness program while in high school. If students are taught about the risks and dangers of excessive drinking, they will be more likely to refrain from doing it. Nowadays, the courses concerning alcohol awareness are more