Lowering the Drinking Age

In the United States today the universal age of legality then it comes to consuming alcohol is 21 years old. This arbitrary age was arrived at during the 1980’s as the age of maturity. The fact that there was no real scientific study behind this age it was just a random appointment is rarely discussed. As movements and ideas gain momentum, they are rarely questioned but lowering the drinking age or even abolishing it all together might be a good idea to make the use of alcohol less of an attraction to the youth of America.

Attractive Nuisance

Drinking alcohol has become a signature act of false maturity and fighting against the system. Even though all high school students are not old enough to drink, many find a way to obtain and consume alcohol to excess. In fact, it has become the purpose of an evening’s activity to get as drunk as possible. The fact that the drinking age is so high makes the act of drinking desirable to all young people. Despite the fact that alcohol ruins lives, causes illness and is physically addictive people still find the act attractive.

Alcohol producers play off this psychological factor and skew their marketing toward younger people won’t even be able to legally purchase their product because once someone becomes a user. They are a user for a lifetime. Much like the tobacco industry of thirty years ago, beer companies are looking to hook a client for life and turn them into long term consumers.

No Changes

Even though the drinking age has been raised for over twenty years there has not been a reciprocal drop in the abuse of alcohol among young people. In fact, if you looked at the manner in which alcohol is being abused, it could be argued that it is more abused than ever. This will lead to more long term alcohol problems coming down the road. In countries in Europe where the drinking age is at 18 there seem to be less immature behaviors around the use of alcohol. Things like hidden parties without adult supervision can lead to cases of alcohol poisoning and even death. It stands to reason that if there were more mature decision makers involved in the consumption of alcohol there would be fewer deaths resulting from drunk driving and other immature decisions.


Lowering the drinking age would allow more people to use alcohol legally and remove the attractive taboo status that it enjoys today. By removing the veil of desirability from the use of alcohol the number of people who actually use it will be reduced and with it the number of long term health problems will be removed as well.

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