Disagree with the recent debate that the drinking age should be lowered? The main reason that the drink age should not be lowered is that many lives are saved by having the age limit set to 21 as opposed to 18. A lower drinking age would enable younger individuals to consume alcohol, which in turn would lead to more accidents and death. On a whole it has been proven that there are less accidents with the increase of the drinking age in 1984, which said that 10% of Federal highway funds would be withheld from states if the purchase or public possession of an alcohol beverage by a person under the age of 21 was prohibited.
As a result of the implementation of this law, alcohol related traffic deaths per population has been cut in half with the greatest change in that of the 16-20 year old category. The number of alcohol related traffic deaths was 5,244 in 1982 and has been reduced to 2,115 in 2004 largely due to the drinking age change in 1984 from 18 to 21. Also, those who consume alcohol before the age of 15 are 4 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence and 7 times more likely to be in an alcohol related traffic accident than those who began drinking at or after the age of 21. The facts clearly point out that a lower drinking age encourages alcoholism and is directly related to an increase in traffic accidents and deaths as a result of alcohol.
It is important that the drinking age is not lowered as this will have many negative impacts on our society. The increase of the drinking age from 18 to 21 in 1984 had a significant and positive change. If the drinking age is lowered back to 18, then this change will be reversed and all of the ground that has been gained will be lost. It is vital that the drinking age be maintained at 21 because we have experienced less death and alcohol abuse as shown by the facts.