The answer to whether the legal age for alcohol consumption should be lowered to 18 from the current legal age 21 remains unresolved while experts, families and educators struggle to put an end to alcohol-related incidents amongst the nation's teens.
Those in favor of lowering the legal drinking age argue that the current legal age for consuming alcohol, 21, has clearly not been able to sway underage teens towards abstaining from alcohol. Furthermore, in 2008 more than 130 college chancellors and presidents signed a petition which supported the age reduction. They believe that proper funding in the education sector will educate teens on the dangers of alcohol abuse while allowing them to experience alcohol and enjoy it responsibly, as oppose to consuming it illegally in discrete locations where so much can go wrong.
But while the idea of lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, and attempting to deglamorize alcohol in order to reduce alcohol abuse amongst teens seems appealing, many experts and families believe that it would be a step in the wrong direction considering the effectiveness of the law legislated in 1984 which raised the drinking age from 18 to 21 and lowered alcohol consumption amongst young teens. Furthermore, research has shown that delaying the onset of alcohol use reduces the chances of becoming addicted in the future.
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