xxx 1 xxx Professor Kennedy Eng 100 23 October 2019 Should the Legal Age for Drinking be Raised or Lowered Many Americans feel that since eight-teen is considered to be the age of adulthood that they should have the right to make their own decisions. However, if that was to be true why is it that one is not allowed to rent a vehicle until they are of the age of twenty-five. That is because the businesses that enable people to rent automobiles do not want to be held accountable for the irresponsible actions of an eight-teen-year-old. Because one has not fully matured until they are of the age of twenty-five. The legal age for drinking should be raised because drinking before the age of twenty-five has long term harmful effects on the human brain, lowering the drinking age will encourage alcohol-related addictions in the youths of this generation, and it would make high schoolers and moreover middle schoolers more accessibility to alcoholic products. Underage drinking, or drinking under the age of twenty-five, can have harmful effects on the drunkard’s brain because their brain has not fully developed. The rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until age 25 or so (Fetterman en.al). Drinking alcoholic beverages does more harm onto the brain of a minor then to the brain of an adult, because the brains of the adolescents are still developing. Drinking during this crucial period of growth in the adolescent’s life can lead to a lifetime of damage in the function of their brain, this can be seen in the loss of memory, coordination, and motor skills which is also known as the ability to move. But not only is drinking under the age of twenty-five harmful to the drunkard but onto the sober
xxx 2 citizens that live their lives harmoniously. This summer alone, in the city of Temecula, two lives were lost to the hands of people who are under the age of twenty-five who were driving under the influence of alcohol and of a variety of different drugs, one of those being marijuana. One of these victims was a fifteen-year-old girl who was just finishing up her freshman year of high school.