graders drank during the past month(Meich RA, 2010). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Alcohol and Public Health, Excessive drinking contributes to more than 4,300 deaths among people below the age of 21 in the U.S. each year. Underage drinking cost the U.S. economy $24 billion in 2010 and there were about 189,000 emergency department visits by people under age 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol in 2010 (CDC, 2016). Raising the drinking age hasn't reduced drinking -- it’s merely driven it underground, to the riskiest of settings: unsupervised high school blowouts and fraternity parties that make "Animal House" look quaint. This age segregation leads the drinking away from adults, who could model moderation Premise #3: Lowering MLDA 21 to 18 will irresponsibly allow a greater segment of the population to drink alcohol in bars and nightclubs, which are not safe environments. Allowing 18- to 20-year-olds to drink alcohol in regulated environments with supervision would decrease unsafe drinking activity. More than 90% of the alcohol consumed by those under age 21 is consumed by binge drinkers (CDC, 2016). Most teens preload before they head out to a club or bar, by normalizing alcohol consumption as something done responsibly in moderation; it will make drinking alcohol less of a taboo for young adults entering college and the workforce. Prohibiting this age group from drinking in bars, restaurants, and other licensed locations causes them to drink in unsupervised places such as fraternity houses or house parties where they may be more
Drinking Age – Lower It?
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- drinking age, Drinking culture, lower drinking age, safe drinking practices