I’ve heard many people ask (or argue), “How is it that 18-year-olds can legally fight in a war, but can’t have a beer?!” And I can definitely see where they’re coming from. So why is the legal drinking age 21?

This video from wait21.org breaks down addiction and how it happens to us. Turns out that addiction can be good, or bad. It all revolves around a chemical that our body produces called “dopamine.” Take a look and then check out the 3 reasons why underage drinking is set to 21 in the United States.

  1. The average human brain isn’t fully developed until the age of 21-25
  2. Drinking underage increases your chances of becoming addicted by 40%
  3. Before the legal age was 21, students 16 to 20 were drinking and driving the most

*9 out of 10 people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol started using before the age of 21

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