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Lowering the drinking age It is legal for eighteen year-olds to die for their countryit is legal for eighteen year-olds to marry and it is legal foreighteen year-olds to vote Why then isnt it legal for eighteenyear-olds to drink I dont think that is right and I believethat the drinking age in the United States should be lowered fromtwenty one years of age to eighteen For the most part the drinking age does not deter youngpeople from drinking Studies have shown that lowering the legalage slightly increases the frequency that people drink but notthe number of people who drink people who do not drink beforethe legal age is lowered do not drink afterward Wechsler 142What it does do however is push young people to find places todrink where they wont be caught Often this means drinking outin the woods at a hunting camp or drinking around a bonfire inthe middle of a field I think it would make more sence for themto be able to drink supervised in a bar or club where there isless danger for injury Another reason I think that the drinking age should belowered is because it pushes young people to find alternatives todrinking Often these alternatives are recreational drugs andnarcotics Many of these drugs are more addictive than alcoholand most of these drugs are more dangerous I think most adultswould rather have their young people drink a glass of beer thanshoot up Many people think that the drinking age should stay attwenty one These people believe that people under the age oftwenty one are not mature enough to handle the responsibilitythat comes with drinking The answer to that is that there aremany examples of immature adults in all age groups I agree thatthere are some eighteen and nineteen year-olds that are barelymature enough to cross the street by themselves but if you lookin almost any newspaper you will probably find articles aboutforty
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