Safety First: Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?

Emily Robertson, Staff Writer

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In the United States you are a legal adult at 18, so why is the drinking age 21? In the constitution, the 18th amendment prohibited the manufacturing, transportation and sale of alcohol. Later on the 21st amendment repealed the 18th. The age of drinking is not in the constitution but Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act which required states to raise their ages for purchase and public possession to 21 by October 1986 or lose 10% of their federal highway funds. That is barely an ultimatum, that’s manipulating and basically forcing every state to change the drinking age to 21. 

So if the buying and selling of alcohol is legal and you are legally an adult at 18, why can’t you buy an ADULT beverage? So you could be drafted into the military at 18 and fight a war, but you can’t buy alcohol?  Some argue that lots of people aren’t mature at that age, but there are lots of mature people that age. Some adults are even more immature than these 18 year olds. People in other countries have drinking ages even younger than us, for example Germany’s drinking age is 16 and Finland’s drinking age is 18. If you expose someone to alcohol when they’re younger then they are less likely to do it illegally or abuse it before the legal age. I think the controlled alcohol use at the age of 18 is what we need. High schoolers would be more likely to wait 2 years instead of 5 years to drink. 

At the end of the day, people who want to drink are going to drink one way or another. My suggestion is to lower the drinking age to make it legal and to make it safer for these teenagers/young adults.

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