The Drinking Age Should Be Lowered
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First off, I do agree that lowering the drinking age would take out the "fun" of breaking the law, but if it was lowered, more kids would drink. When more kids drink, that is a bad thing. Many kids would have a beer because it's legal, and that hurts the brain in its development years. Before you are done growing is the worst time to start habits that cause mental disorders like alcohol addiction, and it starts the roots of liver failure (1).
Basically the first reason why this is a bad idea is that though teenage drinking would decrease alchohal crimes, it still would increase the commonness of drinking and increase alcohal disorders.
Traffic accidents and fatalities are most common among newly-legal drinkers, regardless of the MLDA. In 2009, the 21- to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes with blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) levels of .08 or higher " 35 percent. Any increase in traffic accidents or fatalities in 18- to 20-year-olds would be offset by a decrease for those 21 and older.
MLDA 21 is largely ineffective because the majority of teens continue to consume alcohol. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, underage drinking accounts for 17.5% ($22.5 billion) of consumer spending for alcohol in the United States. In 2006, 72.2% of twelfth graders reported drinking alcohol at some point in their lives.
Lowering MLDA 21 would be good for the economy. More people would legally be able to drink in bars, restaurants, and other licensed establishments. Revenue would increase for private business owners, and greater amounts of tax revenue would be collected by the government.
I thank you this debate, but I wish you would have attempted responding to my points instead of bringing up stuff that doesn't have anything to do with what I said.
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