Pros And Cons Of Lowering The Drinking Age To 18

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Many minors or teens do not understand the consequences of drinking, and/or binge drinking. Some states have made the decision of lowering the drinking age to 18 and have realized that it is now backfiring. There has been an excessive increase in the amount of fatalities due to allowing 18 year olds to drink. The drinking age should not be lowered to 18 for many reasons: there would be more car accidents, it ruins the teens’ or minors’ bodies, and teens and minors do not understand the consequences and how they affect their future. The number one leading cause of death among teens is car accidents: lowering the drinking age to 18 would just cause these numbers to skyrocket even more. An average of 17,000 individuals die in drunk driving related deaths a year (“Top”). When teens, and even adults’ are drinking and then want to drive they do not realize the consequence of their actions until the alcohol has left their system. States that previously lowered the drinking age to 18, such as Massachusetts, Michigan, and Maine have experienced an increase in alcohol- related crashes among the 18 to 20 age group (John). Many kids are still in high school when they reach the age of 18, therefore lowering the drinking age would make it easier for teens 15 or 16 to get alcohol from their peers. Most teens think that they are…show more content…
Three of the most important reasons lowering the drinking age would be wrong and there would be more car accidents, it ruins the teens' or minors' bodies, and teens and minors do not understand the consequences and they affect their future. While many people have their own opinion about lowering the drinking age, the facts are there. The facts show that 18 year olds are not responsible enough not are their bodies ready to consume alcohol legally. Concerned parents need to know what is right and wrong for their children and not let this law pass in their
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