Should the drinking age in the United States be lowered from 21?
Many people believe that the current drinking age in the United States should be lowered. They argue that lowering the drinking age would remove the element of taboo that surrounds alcohol, and decrease the amount of teens that drink simply for the thrill of breaking the law. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are those who believe that lowering the drinking age will cause an increase in violence in teens.
The drinking age in the United States should be lowered to the age of 18.
A study done by an alcohol awareness group called Choose responsibly stated “Legal Age 21 has postponed fatalities – not reduced them – because every claim of an 18, 19, or 20 year-old life “saved” as a result of Legal Age 21 is offset by the number of 21, 22, or 23 year-old lives lost.” Instead of increasing the Legal drinking age, the government should increase awareness of the dangers of drinking. By lowering the legal drinking age in the United States to 18, you allow teens to experiment with alcohol in a controlled environment, where they can be supervised, instead of teens going to uncontrolled and unsupervised places to drink in order to hide it from their parents.