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A Case for Eighteen

Posted: April 7, 2009 by Nancy Mucciarone in Uncategorized
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Everyone has heard the arguments toward lowering the drinking age to 18. If you can go to war and die for your country, why can’t you drink a beer? In European countries, kids are introduced to alcohol at a very young age and don’t have much of a problem with binge drinking, so why wouldn’t that work for us? You’re legally an adult at 18, so why can you vote but you can’t drink?

My mom was always pretty lenient with drinking. It’s not that I was necessarily allowed to drink, but she always said she’d rather have me learn how to drink responsibly under her watch than never be exposed to it and go absolutely wild in college. She was right. How many people do you know that never drank in high school and got absolutely bombed the first weekend of college and had to go to the hospital? I can name at least seven.

As you can probably already tell, I’m an advocate of lowering the drinking age to 18. And it’s not just because I’m not 21 yet and just want to be able to legally buy alcohol and go into a bar. (more…)