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In Italy France and Spain its 16 In New Zealand its 18 In the United States its 21 and in places such as China and Portugal there isnt one at all But what is this Im talking about Its the legal drinking ages of countries around the world Many people argue that the drinking age should be lowered to 18 just look at our surrounding countries with lower drinking ages Some argue that the United States has the most careless drinkers with little self-control when it comes to alcohol usage and some may even say that this is because we were not exposed to alcohol as children like the Germans or French are Yet how can you disregard the fact that we have careless drinkers and still want the drinking age to lower to 18 I believe the drinking age should remain at 21 for the benefit of our society One argument brought up for lowering the drinking age is that we mature based on experience rather than time and that there may be little difference between ages 18 and 21 so why not just lower the age to 18 Although that is a good point take this into consideration Are freshman in college really as experienced and mature as students ready to graduate Maybe some are but some means there are exceptions Do you really want those exceptions to be exposed to drinking if they are not ready for it Because those same exceptions will be the ones causing accidents that could have been avoided If we allow these people to drink we are not allowing them to mature at their rate Instead of taking chances why dont we make sure we give everyone in this age group a chance to grow up and reach their full potential Lets look at this another way In 1987 the United States raised the drinking age from 18 to 21 Since then the rate of teenage accidents
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