Drinking Age To Be Lowered?

Many agree, 18 is too young to handle alcohol...

The younger you drink... the more you'll forget it...

Research shows that at age 18-20, the brain is still developing. If alcohol is consumed at too young of an age, severe brain damage can occur, stunting the brain's growth and development. One of the most common affects of drinking too young, is memory loss. Alcohol is a depressant drug, and it is the most used and abused drug in the U.S. Drinking can result in blurred vision, slurred speech, and lack of judgment.



Two out of every three high school students that drink, do it to the point of intoxication. Which is one of the major reasons that motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for people ages 15-20. Most of the teenagers who cause the accident are found with traces of alcohol in their blood. Lowering the drinking age is definitely not the thing to do, if we want that to change.

Amoung high school students, in the last 30 days...

-30% drank some amount of alcohol

-22% binge drank

-24% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol

-18% drove after drinking alcohol

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Think about your future...

Teens who start drinking before age 18, are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse, affecting their lives, along with the lives of their family members. Once you have alcoholism, it is more than 60% likely that your children will also develop it. A couple stupid mistakes you make it high school or college can affect you for the rest of your life.

Too many special lives are taken because of a stupid mistake...

Every day, teenagers with hopes and dreams are killed, just because alcohol is consumed UNDERAGE. A couple drinks are not worth a couple of lives.

Click the link below (Ashley's Dream) to see a perfect example of a wonderful life taken away...

If you can go to war, you should be able to drink...

Many people think that if a person is old enough to go over seas and fight for our country, they should be able to celebrate with a drink. The problem is, there can't just be a law that says if you join the military, you can drink at 18. Most of the population around that age are not in the military. Not all 18 year olds are responsible enough to go fight overseas OR drink. I believe that there are many 18 year olds who could probably handle drinking, but there are also a lot that couldn't.
Every 15 Minutes a Teenager Dies from Drunk Driving

Everyone is better off....

It is estimated that if the drinking age is lowered to 18, the amount of drunk driving car crashes will nearly double. With the social issues, drunk driving and brain damage, everyone is much better off waiting until 21 to drink.

Works Cited

"Alcohol Alert." National Institute of Alcohol Abuse. N.I.H., Apr. 2006. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publication/>.

"Facts about Teens and Alcohol." Do Something Co. N.p., 2013. Web. 13 Feb. 2014. <www.dosomething.org/factsaboutteensandalcohol>.

"Underage Drinking." Centers for Disease Control. CDC, 2013. Web. 12 Feb. 2014. <www.cdc.gov/alcohol/factsheets>.

"Underage Drinking." Century Council. The Century Council, 2013. Web. 12 Feb. 2014. <www.centurycouncil.org>.

"Why 21?" MADD. Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2013. Web. 12 Feb. 2014. <http://www.madd.org/>.