Drinking alcohol allows many people to unwind after an extensive, stressful day at work, while others conduct it just for pleasure. Unfortunately, some of these people are young adults and according to the law it is unlawful for juveniles under 21 to obtain and drink alcohol. This matter has spawned numerous disputes on whether the consumption age should be lowered to 18. Many people deem that keeping the drinking age at 21 helps save countless lives, but others argue that changing the drinking age to 18 would depreciate underage drinking. In fact, the drinking age of 21 is a very restrictive law that does not effectively prevent underage drinking in the United States, but through education about moderation and instances of handling alcohol responsibly, the drinking age can be lowered to 18 without fear.
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.
The false sense of security, self-confidence, and maturity they once felt while being inebriated did not prepare them for what came after the life of crime and violence they chose to live. For those that are still under the spell of alcohol-making companies, and that are still living in the dark, thinking that that is the way of living may never get the wake up call. Many of underage drinkers will continue to increase the already large number of deaths involving alcohol; after all, they will only be a number on chart—a statistic a board.
No one can argue with the fact that underage drinking is a huge problem in our society today. Nonetheless, there are ways to decrease these problems. The current drinking age, twenty-one, is not beneficial to our country anymore. Lowering the age to eighteen with a license will impact our country in a positive way, by decreasing the numbers of drunk driving incidents, and alcohol poisoning due to minors drinking in secret Those who oppose lowering the drinking age say that lowering it will cause less underage age drunk driving accidents. They also say that the 18-20-year-old brain is not developed enough to safely consume alcohol.
A lot of stores don't care, they just need to ask for an I.D. because they are being watched by security cameras. No matter what city your are in, one in every five stores will sell beer to a minor. If stores stop selling to minors they would lose a lot of business. Looking at the surveys I took at Lincoln on this topic it can been seen what teens think about teenage drinking.
But the have not done any research on what happens in Europe. But a study done in Europe Perlini 2 shows that 85% of young adults will get killed from a poisinous spider bite then from anything alcohol related. The reason for this is because their body is already used to the alcohol so they are almost amune to the effects that it has. If we do eliminate the drinking age in Canada this will meant that our teen and young aldult drivers are less likely to cause accidents if they are use to alcohol. However this does not meant someone should go and get drunk and go for a drive.
The MCF fears that if bans occur in towns near the border of New Hampshire such as New Bedford, clientele will travel the extra minutes to enjoy their cigarettes and cocktails, leaving the establishments in Massachusetts suffering from the lack of customers. Whether the statewide ban occurs or not, a concerted effort from the community has been made to bring clientele back to the bars, through events and parties, in the hopes that the revenue in bars increases.
This is what is most often overlooked by the city. The money from tourists and the community is not going into the local businesses, but instead the casino. Robert Goodman, Urban Planning professor states: “Newly opened casinos suck money out of the local economy, away from existing movie theaters, car dealerships, clothing shops and sports arenas” (Popkin). Casinos take money away from existing businesses. In Atlantic City, where casinos were supposed to save their failing economy, over 900 of their 2,100 small businesses have closed and the number of restaurants was reduced from 243 to 146.
At 18 years of age in the U.S, one can vote, smoke, serve on a jury, get married, and even die for their country yet they cannot have a glass of wine. Despite the fact that so-called adults have the right to make their own decisions, they are not allowed to consume alcohol until the golden age of 21. This law has caused those who are under the age of 21 to be tempted to break the law every time they want to consume alcohol. Lowering the drinking age to 18 would encourage people to drink responsibly and it would reduce traffic accidents that are caused by people driving under the influence. It is believed that alcohol originated around the Mesopotamian area thousands of years ago.
If the United States allows eighteen and twenty year olds to consume alcoholic beverages in regulated environments, the amount of alcohol a person consumes in one sitting would decrease greatly (“Should The Drinking Age Be Lowered From 21 to 18?” 1, 2). Drinking in an area with supervision, people know that if they commit a crime they will be caught. The bartenders, security, and people in the bar will intervene on a situation if someone is not obeying the law. When someone drinks too much alcohol or shows any sign that they are wasted, the bartender can stop serving them drinks and restrict them from further intoxication, potentially saving that person from any further self-harm or others around them at the time (1, 2). If drinking at the age of eighteen was not viewed as criminal activity, but instead as of an activity done with responsibility and done in moderation, then it would become less of a problem with men and women who are entering the college level.