Lowering the Legal Drinking Age to 18.

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Composition 102 Word Count: 2,044 Lowering the Legal Drinking Age to 18 In the United States, once a person has hit eighteen, they are considered to have reached adulthood, which comes with rights and responsibilities. The word “adult” is limited though, because when someone does finally turn eighteen, they do not have every right a twenty-one- year-old has. An eighteen-year-old does not have the legal right to drink alcohol in the United States. They are able to drive a car, get married, vote, buy tobacco products, and even serve for their country, but to consume an alcohol beverage, legally, is out of the question. I feel the underage drinking problem in today’s society would decrease if the drinking age would be lowered, because less American citizens would be abusing this law. If someone under the age of twenty-one wants alcohol that bad, they will find a way. They could have friends, who are old enough, supply it to them, so there are ways around this law. Not only that way, but there are also a lot of convenient store clerks who do not even check ID’s, so therefore, people under age could even be buying the alcohol themselves, just not getting caught. “ It's true that America has a problem with drinking: The rates of alcoholism and teenage problem drinking are far greater here than in Europe. Yet in most European countries, the drinking age is far lower than 21. Some, such as Italy, have no drinking age at all. The likely reason for the disparity is the way in which American teens are introduced to alcohol versus their European counterparts. While French or Italian children learn to think of alcohol as part of a meal, American teens learn to drink in the unmonitored environment of a basement or the backwoods with their friends. A 2009 study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Health, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concluded that 72 percent of graduating high-school seniors had
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already consumed alcohol” (Minton). There are just as many immature people out there who are twenty-one as there are people who are eighteen, so lowering the drinking age by a few years should not be a safety concern at all. If anything, there are people who are in their forties and fifties who act just as ignorant with the consumption of alcohol. Setting the drinking age at eighteen can actually be helpful in the long run, because if you think about it, more of them would be drinking in more safe places like bars or restaurants. If they are eighteen and can’t drink in those types of environments they are going to try and avoid them altogether, which will lead them to drinking in unsupervised areas. For instance, house parties or frat parties on college campuses, where things could get out of control and anything could happen at any given moment. Most, if not all, of the people at those parties are not sober, leaving no one responsible to take action if something were to go wrong. “The period since the 21-minimum drinking age
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