Whats the Appropriate Drinking Age?

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What’s the Appropriate Age? Alcoholism has been a major problem in the world for hundreds of years. Most people that deal with alcoholism became alcoholics because they needed a quick and easy way to de-stress. After long days at work or arguments with family and friends, the first thing they do is start drinking to make their stress go away. No one wakes up and decides, “I’m going to become an alcoholic today.” No one wants to be an alcoholic but bad things happen. If you are not careful with alcohol then you can easily become an alcoholic. Alcoholics around you also affect the way you look at alcohol. If you are in a group of friends and all of them are drinking you will be pressured into drinking or you might feel like you have…show more content…
Engs.,” The legal drinking age should be lowered to about 18 or 19 and young adults allowed to drink in controlled environments such as restaurants, taverns, pubs and official school and university functions” (Why Drinking). Professor Ruth is the Applied Health Sciences professor at Indiana University. She writes in her article that she believes that the legal drinking age should in fact be lowered but, only in controlled environments. She believes that if a teenager drinks in a controlled environment with parents and other older adults then they can learn how to drink responsibly and not just go out and get drunk. When children are told all of their lives that they are not allowed to drink, it makes them want to because it makes them feel cool or rebellious. The United States has, in the past, tried to get rid of alcohol because of all of the negative effects. The laws trying to ban alcohol were overturned because they could not stop alcohol from being smuggled around and the general public was angry. Saying that people are not allowed to drink does nothing because they will still find a way to get it. (Why Drinking) Drinking in college is becoming more and more of a problem though. College students are starting to ditch class because they are hung-over more regularly. Certain nationality groups carry themselves better with alcohol. To Italians or the French it is very normal for everyone to drink at most meals. The children grow
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