The Legal Drinking Age Should Be Lowered

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John is a 17 year old male who lives in Oregon. To celebrate his 18th birthday, he decided to go out with some friends and have a few drinks. He knows that the legal drinking age is 21, but he thinks what is the harm? I am 18 and in other countries, you are allowed to drink before you turn 21. Later that night as John gets in the car with his friends after a few hours of drinking, everything seems to be going well as they are driving down the freeway on their way over to his friend Dan’s house that is just a few miles up the road. All of a sudden out of nowhere a car comes around the curve and before Dan who was driving could react fast enough, the two cars collide. This unfortunately is a case that has occurred many times all across the country, many times with unhappy endings and lives changed forever. John is one of the many who believe that the legal drinking age should be lowered to under 21. After looking through research, articles and opinions, I have come to the conclusion that being allowed to drink before you turn 21 is not in the best interest of developing adolescents and their abilities to make the best decisions for themselves. I will present figures and facts from articles published to help support my position in the following paragraphs. When did the minimum drinking age come into effect? In April of 1982 President Reagan created the Presidential Commission Against Drunk Driving. This group was created by President Reagan as a way to deal with the current
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