The drinking age should be reduced to 18 years of age.
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1) If an 18 year old can fight for this country, that individual should be allowed to consume alcohol.
2) Less arrests would be made, resulting in more jail space for actual criminals.
3) If you are considered a "Legal Adult" and can be legally tried at an adult level, you should be able to consume alcohol at 18.
The federal minimum legal drinking was established in 1984, and fully implemented by 1988. Research has found that "among fatally injured drivers ages 16-20, the percentage with positive BACs declined from 61% in 1982 to 31% in 1995" - a more significant decline than any other age group.  Alcohol consumption in general has also been reduced in this age group ; it has been suggested that this reduction may also be correlated to drops in other crime rates, although findings are not conclusive since other reforms may have also contributed to these drops.
Based on this evidence and contrary to my opponents second point, it is more likely that the minimum legal drinking age has actually kept more young people out of prison. It has also, more conclusively, kept them out of coffins.
As well, while the federal minimum legal drinking age prevents minors from purchasing alcohol under the age of 21 in the US, many States grant exceptions on grounds of lawful employment, religious activities, or consent by a parent, guardian, or spouse . Such legislation permits minors to consume alcohol responsibly in a controlled and safe environment. I would submit that this type of legislation is better poised to mitigate the risks traditionally associated with underage drinking.
1. "Dangers of Teen Drinking," www.dontserveteens.gov
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