Alcohol is known to be the most destructive substance in history. Drunk driving – which ultimately leads to a high death rate – alcohol poisoning, and violence as a result of drunk behavior are all products of this infamous drug. So when asked the question, “should the legal drinking age be lowered from 21?” Every person should answer most definitely not. Drunk driving is not only an issue in the United States, but worldwide. It is an issue that needs to be controlled in the best way possible, and that way is not lowering the drinking age. Every year more than 10,000 people die in car crashed due to driving under the influence, and 1,223 of those are children under the age of 14. Taking in too much alcohol decreases your ability to use your common sense, it also makes reaction time slower and it is harder to process any kind of information. This is what makes drunk driving so dangerous, and should only be used by responsible adults. Is changing the legal age to buy alcohol worth the amount of tragedies it causes every year? Alcohol poisoning is also a major issue that has affected thousands of people all over the globe, especially college age student. 44% of college students drink alcohol at the binge level and even more. Over 30,000 of those students (from age 18-23) end up in the hospital every year because they over drank and got alcohol poisoning. Underage drinkers especially are at a high risk for alcohol overdose. It has been shown that people under 20 years old drink about 5 drinks at once. Drinking large quantities of alcohol slows the body’s ability to break down and clear alcohol from the bloodstream. This leads to rapid increases in blood alcohol concentration and harm brain function. If young people are already binge drinking and drunk driving, then think about how many more accidents there would be if the drinking age as lowered. Last but not least, violent and or destructive behavior resulting from drunkenness occurs more often then one might think. Alcohol is related with increased risk of sexual behavior, academic failure, drug abuse and changes to the brain’s normal functions. According to the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) 37% of assault offenders, 60% of sexual offenders, and 86% of people who are involved in a homicide were under the influence of alcohol at the time the crime was committed. Young adults are already known for their impulsive and destructive behavior as it is, imagine the dangers of legalizing alcohol consumption to those who are already making bad decisions in their life. This would only increase the crime and danger that is present in today’s society. So, the question must be asked again, “should the legal drinking age be lowered from 21?” With the research, statistics, and what recent history has shown, answering yes would be a careless and – like alcohol itself – destructive decision. Thousands, if not millions of families have suffered from car crashes, alcohol poisoning, sexual abuse, and homicides over the years. Why would we want to increase the numbers of deaths that happen every year due to alcohol abuse just to allow 18 years old to feel included in the “adult” category? Alcohol is not worth the pain, heartache and tragedies that it causes to families all over the world; Not to mention the physical damage and toll it takes on ones body. Any reasonable person wouldn’t want to lower the drinking age and put others in danger. Saying no to this question is saying no to all the devastation alcohol causes; and that is something to fight for.