Argument: Introducing children to alcohol teaches responsible use

Issue Report: Lowering US drinking age from 21 to 18


National Youth Rights Association. FAQ – NYRA argues that a strict no-use policy towards alcohol causes many problems, how will simply lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 change this?

The National Youth Rights Association doesn’t just feel we should lower the age from 21 to 18 and change nothing else. We feel larger change must occur for people under 18 as well. Alcohol must be introduced gradually and at younger ages (12 perhaps) as they do in Europe. Young people must be allowed to get their feet wet through the introduction of alcohol in small amounts in safe environments like the home. Any permanent change to alcohol policy must stress this above all. NYRA feels this period of gradual introduction to alcohol may take a few years, but in no way should it last until 21. If an ending year for introduction is to be named, 18 is far more reasonable.