Lowering the drinking age is a debate that has been going around for a long time. Many argue that not allowing young people to drink at age 16-18 causes them to seek out ways to illegally obtain alcohol (Fulton, 2016). I don’t need to read a study to verify this. I was a teenager in the 80’s and early 90’s, and we drank all the time illegally because we couldn’t, and we wanted to. As an American living in Germany for the past almost year, I can see how the Europeans hold alcohol in a much more respectable light because they have been exposed to it from an early age. Studies show that the drunk driving rate in Europe is much lower in the United States (Drinking Age ProCon.org, n.d.). According to recent studies, approximately 31% of road traffic deaths in the U.S. involve alcohol. This percentage has been found to be higher than in many countries with a drinking age lower than 21. Increasing the drinking age to 21 in 1984 in the U.S., this did not cause a significant decrease in traffic accidents and fatalities. On the opposing side, people feel that
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- Spring '13
- Alcoholic beverage, drinking age, Drinking culture