Legal Drinking Age

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“I lay there on the pavement, Mom. I hear the policeman say the other guy was drunk, Mom. Now I am the one to pay. There is blood all around me, Mom. Most of it is mine. I hear the paramedics say, Mom, I will die in a short time.” This is a poem is about a girl who went to a party and stayed sober because her mom wanted to keep her safe and alive. She listened to her mom, but as she was leaving she was hit by another person who decided to drink. The other person lived, while she will die. This is not necessarily based on a real story, but it happens all of the time in real life when underage kids decide to drink at parties. According to, after the Prohibition was repealed, each state could set their own consumption laws for alcohol.…show more content…
According to William Dejong of Boston University, there is a trickle-down effect that will cause even younger kids to drink if the drinking age is lowered to 18. It is a common thing to have 15-17-year-olds being friends with 18-20-year-olds. If those 18-20-year-olds can legally purchase alcohol, they will be drinking with and around their younger friends that are still under the legal age. Right now, this is happening with 21+-year-olds giving alcohol to 18-20-year-olds. If the drinking age is lowered, it will just increase the amount of illegal and unsupervised drinking going on in the nation. Also, lowering the drinking age will cause more car accidents and other types of accidents with younger teenagers. Teenagers will get into cars with their friends to go places, and this can end up badly if the driver has been drinking. Some teenagers can not drive so if they get into cars with their 18-year-old friends who can drink, car accidents are bound to happen. Not many 15-16-year-olds are friends with 21+-year-olds, so this is not as big of a problem currently. Drinking and hanging out with friends who are only a couple years older causes even younger teenagers to drink, which is why the drinking age should not be
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