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Lowering the minimum legal drinking age in America to 18

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Ever since 1984, the minimum legal drinking age in America has been 21 years old. Prior to that, the legal drinking age had been 18 years old. There are numerous reasons as to why this law should be revoked and the legal age should be altered to 18 years old again. Here's a few:

1. It would allow for young adults to learn how to drink responsibly in a safe environment with their parents and elders, who are more experienced.

2. Although teenagers and adults under the age of 21 have reported that they drink on less occasions, the rate of binge drinking, or getting drunk has skyrocketed. This is very dangerous, and causes many serious injuries and death in numerous cases. These kids fear getting caught breaking the law, so when they do drink, it is a lot of drinks in a very short amount of time, which leads to many more problems than if it were legal for them to drink at a lower age.

3. This law is also very concerning when you look at how much it costs taxpayers in America. In 2005, this law alone cost taxpayers $60.3 billion in missed work and healthcare costs. But also it has cost them millions more everyday enforcing these ineffective laws. Especially when 77% of college students under the age of 21 have admitted to drinking alcohol in the last year.

These are just a few of the reasons that the minimum legal drinking age in America should be changed to 18 years old, but the list could go on forever. Clearly the law that is currently in place is not effective and costs taxpayers insane amounts of money, for no good reason. It's time to make a change and to let young adults start drinking at the age of 18. With your help, we can make a change together. Sign below to help kickstart this revolution.

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