Lowering the drinking age would reduce binge drinking because it would allow 18 year olds to drink in public instead of having to hide it. In Europe, the drinking age is lower than that of Maryland. "Car accidents remain the number one killer of American teens, while in Europe, drunk driving accidents are more common among people in their mid-20s."
When you turn 18, you can get married, join the military, and vote. 18 is the age that you're considered a legal adult. If you can make a lot of decisions on your own, shouldn't you be allowed to make your own choice about drinking?
18-20 year olds are responsible enough to make their own choices about drinking, and studies show that a lowered drinking age of 18 would be beneficial. If the age were to be lowered to 18, there would be less drunk driving and less deaths due to binge drinking.
"Legal Age 21 has failed utterly at its goal of protecting young people from the dangers of excessive alcohol use. To cite an alarming statistic from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth: 96% of the alcohol drunk by 15-20 year-olds is consumed when the drinker is having five or more drinks at a time... Since Legal Age 21, less young people are drinking, but those who choose to drink are drinking more. Young peoples' drinking is moving to the extremes: between 1993 and 2001, 18-20 year-olds showed the largest increase in binge drinking episodes. This trend should serve as a call to action for parents, educators, and lawmakers, for while moderate consumption represents little harm to young people and may even be psychologically beneficial, excessive and abusive consumption-binge drinking-spells disastrous consequences for our nation's youth." (Legal Age 21, Myths and Realities" on www.chooseresponsibility.org)
- Legislature of Maryland
Lower Drinking Age to 18
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