Why the Drinking Age Should Not Be Lowered.

Essay by kwokpcCollege, UndergraduateA, October 2003

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In our society today, we are experiencing a growing problem with alcohol. The sales of alcohol, alcoholism, driving under the influence and drinking during pregnancy are just a few of the problems we've been experiencing. The mere fact that we have signs warning pregnant women not to drink, makes it obvious how out-of-hand our drinking problems have gotten. However, one of the biggest problems with alcohol today is the drinking problem with underage teens, young adults and on the college campuses. We've all heard the stories of college students becoming sick or even dying from drinking. In this school year alone, there have already been many stories reported. A fraternity member at Illinois was discovered by roommates, dead as a result of an alcohol overdose, and an intoxicated Cornell University student fell down a gorge and died. At Michigan State, a student died after downing two dozen shots of booze and at Pennsylvania University a student was found clinging to life on her 21st birthday, her blood-alcohol level nearly seven times the intoxication limit.

Many people feel that the drinking age should be lowered to accommodate the young adult college students who drink so heavily. The argument is always, "If I'm old enough to enlist in the military, go, fight and die for my country...I should be old enough to buy a beer." Although this statement has some weight, it does not account for all the problems that drinking can lead to and the problem would only worsen if the legal age were lowered.

To use the argument "I'm old enough to die for my country" to get the drinking age lowered is illogical, because being old enough for the draft does not mean you are responsible enough to consume alcohol. Obviously the ones that care that much about the...