Why Is The Drinking Age 21?

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Why Is The Drinking Age 21? 4/26/11

I actually enjoyed writing this paper because it was an interesting topic to research. I feel like I did a decent job of getting the facts across and was able to put my opinion into the paper. I tried my best to let my opinion be known while at the same time offering many different opposing views.
The drinking age became 21 in 1984 with the passing of the National Minimum Age Drinking Act. Prior to the passing of this act the legal age had been 18 and in some states it was changed to 19. (drinking age) A large adversary behind changing the drinking age, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, otherwise known as MADD. They started out with the intention of ...view middle of the document...

None of the fraternity brothers wanted to call the cops because they were afraid of the consequences when the cops showed up. Bailey ultimately died of alcohol poisoning and during an interview with his parents they said that there is no doubt in their mind that if the drinking age were 21 the kids would have called the cops right away. (drinking age) This is just one example of many similar stories of minors who are too afraid of getting in trouble and has lost their friends. Many professionals also argue the fact that it is more important to teach kids how to drink responsible instead of not drinking at all until you are 21.
An argument that many people who are opposed to the drinking age being 21 is that America has one of the strictest alcohol policies, and one of the highest alcohol abuse rates. Most other countries have a drinking age of right around 18, but are not very strict with their enforcement. (Indiana) In my opinion the biggest reason why we have such a high alcohol abuse rate is because ever since we are kids society tries to teach us that alcohol is bad for you until you’re 21. Many younger people don’t have the ability to experiment with alcohol until they get out of their house. Once they get to college or on their own with no rules, many of them go crazy and often make themselves sick. I believe that the drinking age should be lowered, but it should be taught to kids that drinking is not bad as long as it is in moderation.
Another argument that is frequently made which I am very supportive of is all of the responsibilities that you are given when you turn 18. Once you are 18 you are considered an adult and allowed to buy cigarettes, sign a contract, be tried as an adult, get a loan, and most importantly join the service. (Indiana) The advocates of those who support the current drinking age say that it is due to 18 year olds being too immature and need to wait. It astonishes me that they can say that you need to be responsible enough to have a beer but not to potentially be signing your life away. I have a friend who is stationed in Alaska and is waiting to be deployed to Afghanistan in two weeks and he is 19. When his friends go to the bar he has to stay at home because he is “not responsible” yet is allowed to fight for our country.
An argument that is often made by those who support the drinking age is that teens that drink underage are more likely to binge drink than those who are of age. (MADD) I know from personal experience from high school that the reason more teens binge drink when they are not of age is because it is not easily accessible. We were only able to drink every few weeks when someone’s parents went away leading some kids to drink a lot more knowing that they wont be able to again for a while. I know now feeling that I could have a drink just about whenever I want, it is not a big deal anymore causing me to not binge drink.
Drinking was definitely glorified in high school because people...

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