The drinking age has been a debate in the United States for some time now. Critics argue that lowering the drinking age will give rise to increased highway deaths and illegal purchasing of alcohol. Supporters of lowering the drinking age say things such as if one is old enough to fight for our country, they should have the legal ability to determine whether they can have a drink. My position on the subject is that the drinking age should be lowered. I am a mother of underage children, and I can put myself on both sides of the argument. However, there are several reasons why I take the stance of lowering the drinking age. In the United States, age eighteen is when an individual is a legal adult. An eighteen-year-old can vote, get married, join the military, and many other things. So, it seems logical that they should be able to drink. As well, not lowering the drinking age tends to push teenagers and young adults to go underground to indulge in drinking (“The Debate on Lowering the Drinking Age,” 2009). If these kids are allowed to drink in a controlled environment, then they would be less apt to drink at unsupervised house parties or in college dorm rooms or frat houses where illegal drinking can lead to severe injury or death. I have always allowed my older children to drink at home where I can monitor their drinking and keep them safe. As a result, I have never had any issues with them drinking behind my back, getting into accidents while driving, or acting irresponsibly.
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- Spring '13
- drinking age, Drinking culture, Alcohol law