“It saves lives by preventing alcohol-related traffic fatalities among 18-20-year-olds and the rest of the population” (Kindelberger, 2005). Although this may be partly true, it is obvious that this law does not keep many young people safe. It is almost impossible to stop minors from getting together at a house and drinking. If eighteen-year old’s were allowed to drink, they would not have to go to extreme measures and get involved in reckless behavior to achieve their alcohol desires. John McCardell (retired president of Middlebury College in VA) proposes a compromise to the drinking age.
But, keeping the drinking age at 21 avoids negative effects of alcohol consummation before 21, and it allows for less violence in the community. However, our society’s specific age approach tends to come down to restricting the freedoms of the young and increasing their punishments. Debate over the drinking age has been a long battle over the years and has only gotten worse. Almost every other country besides America sets the drinking age at 18. Is a 19 year-old responsible enough to go to war yet not order an alcoholic drink at a bar?
Although one may not have access to alcohol at a bar, but a student may be drinking at a party or may just have an older friend buy their alcohol. Studies have shown that college students who can legally purchase alcohol drink less than those who can't. This just makes it more exciting for one who is underage to drink because it is forbidden. Alcohol consumption does not appear to pose the monumental concern in other... ... middle of paper ... ...rage students view its consumption with a "forbidden fruit" mentality that almost always end in excess (Jones 21). Lowering the minimum age back to 18 would require a significant shift in this country, but it is a shift that is crucial to the alcohol problem many college students and young adults face.
Lowering the Legal Drinking Age Almost everyone can agree that alcohol should not be given or allowed to children under a certain age. Alcohol is a substance that is very dangerous and if you used incorrectly or immaturely the consequences can be a great danger to the users or the ones around them. The recent discussions regarding drinking are about whether the legal drinking age should be lowered from twenty-one to eighteen. This controversial issue has been specifically relevant to college students because drinking has become a big part of college life and can be found all over college campuses. Proponents of lowering the legal drinking age from 21 argue that it has not stopped teen drinking, and has instead pushed more illegal underage drinking.
No one should even drink without knowing the consequences, specially drinking unsupervised. Drinking while being supervised is way better than binge drinking illegally. Nothing is going to stop college students from drinking, even if they can’t legally buy it. If the limit age of 21 stays the same, then I think that the option to go to war should also be raised to 21. They are responsible enough to make their own decisions.
Lowering the age to eighteen is not either but I think that it will reduce the amount of teenagers that drink because it will not be “cool” to do once drinking is an activity that some of their peers are permitted to do. The main drive for drinking alcohol in teenagers is that they are doing something prohibited. Once their peers can drink, they will not feel it necessary to drink since they will be able to in a couple of years. The United States government should lower the drinking age to eighteen because at this age teenagers are considered adults, and most eighteen year olds still live at home thus making it easier to safely introduce alcohol to them. Drinking always has been and will be an issue in our society if we do not start taking action to curb the dangerous underage drinking occurring throughout the nation.
Young adults, eighteen to twenty, are not nightclubs financial savors, under the influence they cost more money then made. Nightclubs are trying to keep their doors open and popula... ... middle of paper ... ...ablishment. Owners will not have to worry about losing money, liquor license, or part of the twenty-one and up crowd. Allowing people under the drinking age limit into a club serving alcohol can result in death, rape, fights, and car accidents. Although, many club owners are worried about losing revenue they should consider the cost of just one teen caught drinking in their club.
Changing the drinking age from 21 to 18 years old will take the thrill that teens get from breaking the law while drinking, will no longer give them the idea that drinking is the final stage of adulthood and full maturity, and will no longer force teenagers to drink in unsupervised areas. A major reason behind teenagers drinking is because of the thrills that it entails. Not only does it give teenagers the feeling of being drunk, but it also give them the thrill of breaking the law. According to Ruth Engs, drinking by teenagers is seen as a “forbidden fruit, a badge of rebellion against authority and a symbol of adulthood.” (Why the Drinking Age Should Be Lowered) ProCon.org says that if America changed the drinking age back to 18, then drinking for these youths would become more of a normal activity. They wouldn’t hide it from their parents or law officers, so they would be less prone to injuries or deaths.
McCardell argued that teens have tried a sip of alcohol when they are anywhere from the ages of 10-15. McCardell argued in his home state with other college’s presidents. Who agree with him that the drinking age should be lowered, so college students would stop binge drinking and maybe drinking on college co... ... middle of paper ... ... teach teens how to handle the things they consume.Lowering the drinking age from 21 would not be a bad thing at all. Teens have been drink forever, the law hasn’t stopped them so what will help them. Teens will continue to drink anyway with the law in place or not.
Many doctors could attest and the average people of society would agree that the lowering the minimum drinking age to 18 would be absurd being that that teens have not yet reached an age where they can handle alcohol responsibly, thus are more likely to harm or even kill themselves and others by drinking prior to 21 (ProConorg Headlines). A complete ban of alcohol will not serve as a reasonable method of lowering any type of drinking as proved in 1933 when prohibition ended. Practical restrictions should be able to suffice, however in some instances lowering the legal drinking age from 21 did not stop teen drinking but it was instead displaced. The problem has driven underage binge drinking into private and less controlled environments, such as homes that do not have proper guardians or colleges where a large amount of the population are teens. They have just gotten out of high school and are at a high risk for peer pressure from the older students and clubs and Greek organizations (Hanson, 2010).