Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?

If all 17 million people who admitted to drunk driving had their own state, it would be the fifth largest in the U.S.

Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.

In 2012, nearly three-quarters of students (72 percent) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school, and more than a third (37 percent) have done so by eighth grade.

Five thousand people die each year from alcohol related car wrecks, homicides, suicides, injuries, and alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning is a short-term consequence of drinking in excess which can cause a loss of consciousness, coma, or death.

About half of high school seniors do not think it's harmful to try crack or cocaine once or twice and 40 percent believe it's not harmful to use heroin once or twice.

70 percent of 18-year-olds admit to drinking an alcoholic beverage at least once, while 80 percent of college-age students report consuming alcohol.

Do you really want to see someone you love or yourself suffer from these consequences? This is why the drinking age should not be lowered. More teens and young adults will take advantage of it and mess up in some way or form.

Do you really want to see someone you love or yourself suffer from these consequences? This is why the drinking age should not be lowered. More teens and young adults will take advantage of it and mess up in some way or form.