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Lower The Drinking Age There is no denying that there is a problem in our country with underage drinking and that something must be done about it We have already tried raising the drinking age to 21 and have become stricter with underage drinkers Ever since the legal drinking age was raised to 21 in 1987 there has been an increase in binge drinking as well as an increase in problems related to heavy and irresponsible drinking wwwasfarorg We must find a way to stop this increase in dangerous binge drinking and the way we can do this is by lowering the legal drinking age to 18 In the next few paragraphs I will outline the main reasons why the drinking age should be lowered and how this can help combat the irresponsible drinking habits of todays youth First of all studies have shown that the current drinking age is counterproductive wwwrallyusaorg April 30 2002 Binge drinking has been on the rise ever since the legal drinking age was raised to 21 Kids now see drinking as a forbidden fruit a badge of rebellion against authorities and a symbol of adulthood Which has caused a lot of irresponsible drinking and a rise in problems related to heavy drinking For example after the 21 year old law was passed students reporting vomiting after drinking went from 46 to over 50 after the law change The number of students cutting class after drinking also rose form 9 to almost 12 Ruth Engs httpwwwindianaedu7Eengsarticlescqopedhtml 1998 Both of these numbers indicate that alcohol is not being used by youths in a responsible manner For many of these students drinking is more exciting when it is illegal and by denying them alcohol they want to drink even more This causes them to turn to underground drinking and of course irresponsible drinking Ironically it is the drinking age that drives many youths to drink Of all of the nations of
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