Nathaniel Oklahoma

Lowering the Drinking Age to 18

There are many positive outcomes that would result from lowering the legal drinking age from 21 to 18.

Dear Future President

Should the legal drinking age be lowered? This seems like an easy question, that children should not be allowed to drink, but there are people out there who say that the drinking age should be 18 years old instead of the set legal drinking age of 21years old. It may seem ridiculous at first, but in reality this question may be harder to answer the more and more you think about it. There are cons and pros for each side of the argument ,supporting their individual views.I wrote this letter hoping to persuade you to lower the legal drinking age.

The con’s of raising the drinking age are as follows. The first argument is that, in America the age of adulthood is 18. You can vote, serve on juries, smoke cigarettes,become the governor of Rhode island, and serve in the military,which involves the possibility of losing your life. Another argument is that in countries with the drinking age of 18, there are fewer deaths among drunk driving accidents. The Uniform Drinking Act, which compelled states to set the legal drinking age at 21 by withholding ten percent of highway funding from states that kept the minimum legal drinking age at 18, is an example of federal government overreach into state affairs. Many states that were happy with their drinking age at 18. More people would legally be able to drink in bars, restaurants, and other licensed establishments. Revenue would increase for private business owners, and greater amounts of tax revenue would be collected by the government.Lowering the Drinking age in America would also decrease the amount of illegal actions that happen around the country. At this moment there are Teens all around the country drinking illegally.And getting Alcohol through illegal means.

I feel, along with most of America, that by lowering the drinking age that there will be less illegal activities, and more people would go to bars,where they would be monitered. It would also be very good for the establishments selling the alcohol, because it would,in fact, bring in more revenue, which would, in turn, be great for the economy. In conclusion, lowering the drinking age would benefit the country exponentially. So I encourage you,Mr.President, to consider lowering the drinking age. Thank you for your time.


Nathaniel B.