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Alcoholism and other drug related illnesses have been proven to have declined since the drinking age was raised to twenty-one. “Research shows that when the MLDA is 21, people under age 21 drink less overall and continue to do so through their early twenties (O'Malley & Wagenaar p1).” Some argue that citizens of the United States should be able to drink because those who live in Europe are allowed to drink at much younger ages. This is disproved because US teenagers “show equal or lower rates of intoxication/binge drinking than do adolescents from most European countries, and most European countries report higher rates of intoxication and binge drinking for youth under 13 (Cognac p1).” Research also confirms, “Europeans have rates of alcohol-related diseases (such as cirrhosis of the liver) similar to or higher than those in the U.S. populatio (Wagenaar p1).” Though drinking is less taboo in Europe because of the lower age of consumption, it has not seemed to aid in swaying teens to drink less.
4Those in favor of changing the drinking age to eighteen support their argument by saying that people should be able to consume alcohol because they can vote, go to war, get married, sign contracts and serve on juries. I do not agree that the drinking age should be changed because people can go to war and vote at age eighteen. I feel that those privileges should not even be achieved until a more mature age and therefore it is not a qualified claim. Those who want to lower the age also believe that changing the drinking age will enable youth to be educated on how to drink responsibly which will reduce binge drinking. I do not agree with the argument that lowering the drinking age will reduce binge drinking. Because teenagers are not fully developed, they feel that they are invincible which will only increase binge drinking. By keeping the drinking age twenty-one, youth will be encouraged to not drink at all until they are older. A third reason that people believe that the drinking age should be changed is because lowering the age will make drinking less taboo and will take out the desire for youth to be rebellious. I concede with this argument, I do think that this idea is valid because it points out the desire for teenagers to be more like adults and to do things because they are trying to be rebellious. The drinking age should remain twenty-one because of a multitude of credible reasons. Maturity comes with age, and that maturity can save lives. As proven, keeping the drinking age at twenty-one will reduce the amount of binge drinking as well as drunk driving fatalities. An extensive amount of cognitive development occurs from age