Write 5 pages with APA style on The Legal Drinking Age for U.S. Military Personnel Should Be Lowered. Statistical evidence did show a reduction in drunk-driving accidents and deaths after the law was passed in 1984, particularly in drivers under the age of 21 (Ellis-Christensen, 2009).
Still, ever since the law was enacted, there has been a raging debate on whether or not the drinking age should be lowered back to 18, especially for populations like military personnel. The reason behind the desire to lower the drinking age back is the absurdity that people who are 18 are entitled to do virtually anything else, like getting married, voting, have children and especially join the military and risk their lives for the country, but they can’t drink alcohol.
Fourth, having laws that prohibit purchasing and consuming alcohol by minors is a deterrent to them, and provides a way for the states to discourage minors from drinking alcohol. In other words, the fact that minors know that drinking alcohol at their age is punishable by law makes them not want to do it or at least lowers their desire to do so (*).
First of all, young people, today dont seem to be deterred at all from drinking alcohol. Underage drinking actually happens a lot and pretty much everywhere, in high schools, colleges, etc. Lowering the minimum age back to 18 will mean that alcohol will no longer be perceived by them to be “the forbidden fruit”, and this will make fewer people tempted to try it. It is a well-known fact that children and youngsters are very much tempted by the things that they cannot do, have, experience. This way, when drinking alcohol isn’t illegal anymore, not as many people will be tempted to use it today. This includes of course soldiers who can’t help themselves and drink alcohol even though they’re not 21 yet, something which can have very detrimental results. .