The thrill of sneaking around those who forbid alcohol is a major reason to why minors drink, but it’s not the only one. The drinking habits of the parents, when under stress or celebrating, teach children to use alcohol the same way. So whether drinking is legal or not, youths will mimic their parents.
While lowering the drinking age may prevent instances of alcoholism, it can bring forth more problems. By lowering the age by two years, teenagers drinking for the first time are driving for the first time. Together alcohol and driving is a sure way to cause harm and even death. So while lowering the age may have positive effects, it may not beat the negatives unless other solutions can be reached.