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Little Lushes a Big Problem Underage drinking is wide spread through out the United States According to Klaidman of 10 million people under the age 21 who admitted theyd had a cocktail in the last month 44 million said that they are binge drinkers or people who have had more than four drinks in a row Also alcohol use among 12 to 17 year olds has risen 9 over the past three years 137 Lack of entertainment on college campuses and easy availability of alcohol can lead to underage drinking as well Here at UWEC it is easy to find a party where alcohol is provided to underage drinkers There is also not much else to do in Eau Claire unless one has access to a motor vehicle For 20 year-old Iowa State junior Scott Christy acquiring alcohol is not a problem All he has to do is contact a friend and within half an hour he can have the drink of his choice Frerking Because underage drinking is such a problem in todays society measures must be taken to reduce the problem One solution to the problem of underage drinking is to lower the drinking age from 21 years down to 18 or 19 years At first glance this seems like a good idea because a large portion of underage drinkers mainly college students would now no longer be underage and would be able to drink legally Problem solved or is it According to Reginald Smart in 1971 the Canadian province of Ontario lowered its drinking age from 21 years to 18 years thinking this would help alleviate its underage drinking problem At first the new age law seemed to be working Soon bar owners complained because the young drinkers scared off the above 21 crowd just took up space and did not drink as much as the above 21 crowd People in Ontario also started to notice
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