Almost all people, at some point in their lives, are affected by alcohol related incidents
Senecal 4such as car crashes. Although, young adults would be most affected by a lowering of the minimum legal drinking age to eighteen. Arguments against a lowering of the drinking age to eighteen have recently been spearheaded by health studies dealing with alcohol and the damage it does on the developing brain of teenagers. Alcohol has significant effects on memory skills andlong term thinking when consumed during the developmental stages of the brain (“Teenage”). The human brain is not fully developed until people reach their late twenties. Therefore, the younger people start drinking, the more damage they will do to their developing brains. If the minimum legal drinking age were to be lowered to eighteen, teens would start drinking earlier and earlier. In turn, the brains of countless teens would be damaged. Although, if the drinking age were higher than eighteen, they would be less likely to start drinking earlier. Furthermore, the younger people start to drink, the more likely they are to have alcohol-related problems in thefuture. One study showed that with each year earlier in life a person started drinking alcohol, there was a 12% increase of developing a dependence for alcohol (“Early”). Developing a dependence for alcohol, also known as alcoholism, results in endless problems. These eventual issues could likely be avoided if teens started drinking later on in their lives, which can be influenced by the set minimum legal drinking age. Binge drinking among teens has been a problem in the United States for years. More teens would binge drink if the drinking age was set at eighteen. Binge drinking leads to many problems including alcohol poisoning, sexual assault incidents, fighting, as well as many others. As a result of these problems, young adults would simply not reap any benefits from a minimum legal drinking age being set at eighteen. On a similar note, raising the minimum legal drinking age in the United States to an age above twenty-one is also not the correct decision to deal with the minimum legal drinking age controversy. Just as if the drinking age were to be lowered to eighteen, raising the minimum legal
Senecal 5drinking age would also create an excess of problems in the United States. In colleges across the United States drinking tends to be a problem. Students in college can be as young as seventeen, which is below the minimum legal drinking age. Colleges already have thousands of incidents with underage drinking on campus and raising the drinking age would only produce more of these incidents. Another claim for raising the minimum legal drinking age is based of off statistics from alcohol related accidents. In the United States, when the drinking age was raised from eighteen to twenty-one there was a decrease in the number of fatal traffic accidents involving alcohol (DeJong). Mothers Against Drunk Driving uses this data to disprove a
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English, Drinking culture, Legal drinking age, National Minimum Drinking Age Act