Argument: 21-law causes kids to not seek help out of fear of punishment

Issue Report: Lowering US drinking age from 21 to 18


Sean Flynn. “Should The Drinking Age Be Lowered?”. 12 Aug. 2007 – “Drunkenness also spawns other problems—from assaults and rapes to accidents and alcohol poisonings, both fatal and nearly so. Young adults who are drinking illegally are reluctant to summon help when things go wrong. “If a student passes out, in the old days there was usually someone around to check,” says Alan Marlatt, a psychology professor at the University of Washington who helped develop a widely used alcohol-screening program called BASICS. “Now everyone’s afraid of getting caught.””