As so many of our readers know, in the United States, the legal drinking age is 21. But did you know this isn’t the case in other countries? In countries like Iceland and Japan, the drinking age in 20. In 85 other countries, the drinking age is lowered even further to 18 and 19. And in 27 additional countries, there is no minimum legal drinking age at all.
Some legislators and organizations such as MADD have been working feverously to raise the minimum drinking age in the hopes of cutting down on underage drinking and decreasing the number of drunk-driving fatalities in the nation. But while most people recognize these as good things, they also beg the question: are there any pros to lowering the drinking age?