Drinking Age Should Stay 21Paper Rating: Word Count: 379 Approx Pages: 2
It's a common situation here in the United States: Teens going to a party at someone's house on a Friday or Saturday night with the intent to drink and get drunk. Some teens claim it loosens them up, others say it keeps them from being shy. Many teens believe that drinking adds life to a bland party. Regardless of why they drink, and despite the consequences, thousands of teens illegally consume alcoholic beverages each day, taking the risk of being arrested, assaulted, and even death. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is a major problem that is widespread in society. But what if the legal drinking age was lowered, say from 21 to 18. Would this make a difference? What effects would this have?
There are many reasons why the drinking age should not be lowered. In 1970, 29 states lowered the legal drinking age to 18, 19, or 20. In over 70 studies since the change happened, it has been proven that motor vehicle crashes and alcohol related death and injury increased significantly when the legal drinking age was lowered. When the legal drinking age was nationally raised back to 21, those rates declined. Over 1,000 youths' lives are saved every year with the legal drinking age at 21. Like alcoholics, you people drink to get drunk. "binge drinking is a major problem, and it results in many deaths. It needs to be prevented. Some people say, "Minors drink anyway, it may as well be legal." Right. Men hit their wives too, so we might as well legalize that. Laws are in place for the good of our nation's citizens. No one questions domestic abuse laws because they protect innocent people. Keeping the legal drinking age at 21 protects innocent people too. Also, It is true that in Europe the legal drinking ages are between 14 and 18, and they don't have many problems with alcohol. BUT, in most European countries youth must be 18-21 years of age to obtain their drivers license. That, along with higher penalt