What Should the Legal Drinking Age be?
Since 1980 there has been major controversy over the legal drinking age in the United States. The legal drinking age in our country to this day is 21. The controversy is that the legal drinking age used to be 18 years of age and now the age is not 18. The question that everyone is asking is should the legal age be changed or should it stay the same. I think that the legal drinking age should be lowered back down to the age of 18.
There are many reasons why the age should be lowered to 18 and there are many reasons the age should stay at 21. One of the main reasons that the drinking age should be lowered is that one can go off to war and fight for one's country at the age of 18 but one cannot go to a bar and drink a beer. It is not fair that a person is supposed to be mature enough to go to war but not to have a beer. Another reason that the drinking age should be lowered, is that now according to the U.S. constitution 18 year olds are adults. Young people can make responsible decisions for our lives and for our country. 18 year olds can vote for whom they want to run our country but they cannot sit down and have a beer. My parents were allowed to drink beer when they were our age and they turned out to be fine upstanding citizens. It was all right for my parents to drink low beer as a substitute for regular beer. That should be the same now because it was all right for them but not for me. Also, another reason that the drinking age should be lowered to the age of 18 is that in other countries there are lower drinking ages and they actually have less crime than the states do(Enges 2). Some people thought that if they raised the legal drinking age the crime rate would go down. One of the main problems with alcohol is that Congress made it an illegal substance to young adults for three years. By doing that, one now has problems with college students who are off on their own as they start their adulthood who do not have the same rights as an older adult. 18 year olds are adults now and if we want to sit down and have we should be able to do it.
There are also other reasons why people argue the legal drinking age should be at 21. One of the reasons is that even though one is 18, 19, and 20 years old one is still not responsible enough to handle alcohol. If that were the case then one should not be responsible enough to vote for the president of the United States of America.
Another hot topic is that lowering the drinking age encourages even younger kids to drink alcoholic beverages. What Congress is trying to say is that if the age is 21 then one would want to drink at 18 and if the age was moved to 18 then 15 year olds would be encouraged to start drinking. Congress does not want this to happen so they argue this point in hopes that people would understand why the age is what it is(Enges 2).
Another big reason is that congress says it reduces the number of drunk drivers. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration alcohol-related crash fatalities involving drivers under the legal drinking age rose nationally for the first time in five years in 1996 from 6,225 to 6,319 (Enges 2). The figures indicate that the battle to wipe out underage drinking and driving is far from being won. What congress does not realize is that people drink anyway and if they would lower the drinking age back to 18 one would go to bars were they are cut off they are looking to drunk. That would be better that doing what we have to do which is drive around and drink because we can't drink at home or in bars.
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