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Are drinking laws in america too strict?

Underage drinking is an age-old subject that receives a great deal of debate. Many Floridians might agree that the current age of 21 is fitting for drinking laws, but others argue that it should be lowered. There are a plethora of arguments to each side of this topic, but the issue remains clear: thousands of Americans face severe penalties for a drinking decision made long ago. 

In most states, there is a set legal drinking age, but also a number of exceptions. Nonprofit charity ProCon takes an objective look at underage drinking in America, quickly identifying alcohol as the number one drug of choice among younger generations. A major concern involves binge drinking, which can lead to harmful situations. ProCon lists some of the advantages, however, to lowering the drinking age in the country, including the chance of ending abuse. Some claim that bars could become "safe spaces" for college students, resulting in a culture that reflects responsible drinking. Among the cons were the chances of increased car accidents. ProCon cites experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection to show that raising the drinking age to 21 resulted in a 16 percent drop in car crashes.

CNN also considered the topic of America's drinking laws, quoting the research of experts who argue that lowering the drinking age to eight -- or even six -- could prove beneficial. While this may seem shocking, these experts stress that lowering the drinking age could result in a European-style culture of drinking in which parents can properly educate their children on alcohol. In a society that often poses drinking as taboo, American children could see drinking as what CNN calls a "forbidden fruit" -- potentially making it all the more dangerous. Although the debate on underage drinking has yet to reach a solution, there are many pros and cons that all drinkers in the country could consider.     


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