The legal drinking age should be lowered to 18

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In the United States, the drinking age is currently 21. This is the minimum legal age at which a person can purchase or publicly consume alcoholic beverages. There are a number of reasons why the drinking age should be lowered to 18.

First, at 18 years old, people are considered adults in the eyes of the law. They are able to vote, serve in the military, and sign legal contracts. If they are considered responsible enough to do these things, then they should be considered responsible enough to drink alcohol.

Second, alcohol is widely available and consumed by people of all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of all American adults drink alcohol. And, of those who drink, about one in four binge drink.

So, if the drinking age is 21, why are so many people drinking before they reach that age? One reason is that the drinking age is not enforced consistently. Another reason is that many people view the drinking age as arbitrary and unreasonable.

Third, the current drinking age is not effective in preventing underage drinking. According to the CDC, about 10% of all alcohol consumed in the United States is consumed by people between the ages of 14 and 20.

Fourth, the drinking age is often viewed as a “rite of passage” for young adults. For many people, the drinking age is something to be defied, not respected.

Fifth, the drinking age is higher in the United States than in most other developed countries. In Europe, the drinking age is generally 18. In Canada, it is 19.

Finally, there is evidence that the drinking age may do more harm than good. A study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that, in states with a drinking age of 21, there were more alcohol-related traffic fatalities among 18- to 20-year-olds than in states with a drinking age of 18.

In conclusion, there are a number of good reasons to lower the drinking age to 18. Doing so would be more consistent with the legal status of young adults and would better reflect the reality of alcohol consumption in the United States.

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