The drinking age should stay at 21

Maggie Crowell

Why should the drinking age stay where it's at?

The drinking age should stay at 21. When you are 18 your brain is not fully developed ("Alcohol"). Alcohol can cause more harm to a still developing brain. In 2005, 43,000 people were killed in car crashes in the United States. 17,000 were caused from drunk drivers. About 28% of those drunk drivers were between the ages of 16-20 years old. A 21 year old is more responsible than an 18 year old in most cases. Alcohol is responsible for more than 4,300 annual deaths. Alcoholism can be genetic, so beginning to drink at 18 raises the risk of becoming an alcoholic.

It all happenes in college

Many people in their late teens to mid-twenties drink the most ("Alcohol"). Men tend to drink more than women. Studies showed that 26.7% of women ages 19-30 drank heavily. Compared to men which 45% ages 19-30 drank heavily. Also white people and Native Americans usually drank more than African Americans and Asians ("Alcohol"). Many more students in college drink where as less tend to drink that are not in college. However college students usually quit drinking sooner, and drink less than, those not in college. Young adults in the military also drink a lot. One cause of drinking in college is peer pressure.

Staying 21

Which is more responsible, a 21 year old, or an 18 year old? In general, a 21 year old is going to be more knowledgeable, more mature, and more responsible than an 18 year old. So why would it be a good idea to let an 18 year old legally drink? It wouldn't really. Yes, many college students drink but it is more difficult for them to get alcoholic beverages because they are too young if they are not 21. If the drinking age was lowered to 18 many more college and non-college teens and young adults would drink. Which would raise the amount of drunk drivers and crashes. It would also raise the death rate. So the drinking age should most definitely stay at 21 for everyone's health and safety.
Keep The Drinking Age at 21

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