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According to the NYRA National Youth Rights Associations Most Frequently asked questions pamphlet in April 2001 Only four Countries on the entire planet have a drinking age higher than eighteen These four countries include Ukraine South Korea Malaysia and the United States All other countries have lower drinking ages and many dont have any drinking age at all I believe the drinking age should be lowered to eighteen in the United State due to the fact that it was so in the past furthermore eighteen year olds are legally responsible for themselves and above all because of the many responsibilities a citizen gains at the age of eighteen I wonder why not drinking In the April 13 2005 issue of the New York Times recently retired president of Middlebury College John M McCardell Jr said that The 21-year-old drinking age is a bad social policy and terrible law saying it had led to binge drinking by teenagers Our latter-day prohibitionists have driven drinking behind closed doors and underground Just because a law is made doesnt mean it is going to be obeyed Instead of drinking in bars as a social activity it is done in other places at excess amounts so that there after they can go where the want without the need of alcohol knowing it wont be available Like David J Hanson mentions in the book Controversies in the Additions field written in June 25 2005 In the past drinking was not seen as a symbol of adulthood as children they learned that alcohol is a natural and normal part of life and didnt even associate it with intoxication most importantly is the existence of role models for the appropriate use of alcohol I believe we need to return to this state The reasoning behind changing the legal drinking age in the early eighties was to prevent the large amount of alcohol involved vehicle fatalities It is said that raising the drinking
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