Do most people drink while underage? Studies repeatedly say the vast majority do. But, because of the legal issue, it also can delay drinking, reduce binge drinking and allow for some barriers to be in place. Has the law fixed anything? Absolutely not, but allowing the drinking age to be lowered before we change the culture will not help.
I found this quote quite telling:
Moana Jagasia, a Duke University sophomore from Singapore, where the drinking age is lower, said reducing the age in the U.S. could be helpful.
"There isn't that much difference in maturity between 21 and 18," she said. "If the age is younger, you're getting exposed to it at a younger age, and you don't freak out when you get to campus."
Absolutely wrong. There is a huge difference between an incoming freshman and a Senior in college - at least in the USA, if not Singapore. Of course, there are mature freshman and immature seniors, but the statement above is a non-starter.
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