Why do people only want to change the drinking age from 21 to 18, when there are other activities that have limit of age such as marriage at 18, driving at 16 and 35 to be a president? Alcohol plays a major role in today society, which becomes a controversial issue among teens. Alcohol is a mind-altering chemical that is potentially more dangerous than any other drug and can be very destructive. For past few years, many people are trying to lower the drinking age without knowing the negative effects of alcohol and how lowering drinking age would harm our communities. Underage drinking is a serious problem for teenagers in the United States.
With all of the alcohol problems with underage drinking should the drinking age be lowered just to offset the problem. Studies prove that those who drink before age 21 have considerably more alcoholic problems at work, with family, and with police (Lyons 18). If we lower the age too soon without enforcing the punishments way more than we do now then we will just of lowered the age at which kids start drinking. There has to be an off set something that will stop teens from drinking illegally. Therefore it would not be smart to lower the drinking age until the punishment will match the crime.
During the National Prohibition in the 1920s these laws made every state change their MLDA to 21 years old. But these laws were repealed because they were unenforceable and caused other social problems. Facts show that young adult underage are more likely to be “binge” drinkers. 32% of heavy drinkers were underage while only 24% were of legal age (Why the drinking age should be lowered, 1). Research from the 1980s reveal that there has been a decrease in drinking and drinking among students before the law that made every states MLDA 21 years old.
Alcohol is a dangerous drink for the person and to the others when abused which young adults at age 18 probably will do if the Law would be changed to 18. Ultimately, the Drinking Age should stay at 21 so that young adults can gain more experiences and matures which they can handle alcohol and themselves when they are 21 and by doing that, it will save a lot of lives and also make the country more safety for people and better behavior in every person. Works Cited "Alcohol." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 15 Dec. 2013.
By July, 1, 1970 thirty states minimize their MLDA to 18. By 1980 most of the United States lowered the MLDA to 18 except 14 states. Referable to the legislation of the Minimum Legal Drinking age act of 1984, all the United States raised their minimum age again to 21. The minimum legal drinking age should be 21 because the car accidents will be less, and the possibility of intoxication will decrease, The proponents expressed that the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) did not prevent youths from drinking, but further it made them drunk in a really dangerous place away from their parents and the guild control. While the opponents debated that by age 21 you will be more responsible and you can experience precisely what harms you.
With so many regulations, the numbers of smokers and packs sold must go down and hopefully so will the number of tobacco related deaths. Many states want to raise the smoking age to 21 to help lower the number of smokers in America. The age needs to be raised in order to help keep young adults away from cigarettes. Smokers become regular smokers aroung the age of 20 so this law will keep many from addiction. Raising the age will also keep many under-age smokers away from tobacco.
These facts clearly indicate that the current law is not even helping deter people under 21 from drinking, but instead are encouraging them to drink more. Counters/Solutions It seems logical that when turning eighteen, and gain the status of legal adult, people should have the choice of whether or not they want to drink. However, some believe that “enforcing the legal drinking age of 21 reduces traffic crashes, protects young people’s maturing brains, and keeps young people safe overall” (Why 21? 2011). “It saves lives by preventing alcohol-related traffic fatalities among 18-20-year-olds and the rest of the population” (Kindelberger, 2005).
Being around alcohol and not drinking is still very dangerous and should be avoided. “If you 're around people who are drinking, you have an increased risk of being seriously injured, involved in car crashes, or affected by violence” (“What is Moderation?”). When you are under the age of 21 and you are drinking you should know the health factors that come along with drinking. Most people under the age of 21 are even more unaware of what they are actually doing to their bodies. Drinking at a young age could affect you for the rest of your life.
James Binion Professor Jarrell English 101 23 January 2014 MLDA Should Stay the Same I do not think the drinking age should be lowered younger than 21years of age. I believe the age requirement is 21 for a reason. Changing the drinking age will only be the cause of more accidents and more fatalities. The drinking age is one of the most scrutinized laws in the United States. It has for sure lowered the amounts of drunk driving, underage drinking, and binge drinking.
Alcohol in the hands of teenagers is devastating. Over consumption of alcohol leads to many health complications and is the leading cause of death in homicides, suicides and car accidents (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 2004). Just by the statistics it is obvious that alcohol is a major threat to teenagers. Maybe if it was possible to stop people from drinking while they were young they would have no desire to drink later in life. Joseph A. Califano, Jr. said, "A child who reaches age 21 without smoking, abusing alcohol or using drugs is virtually certain never to do so" (Focus Adolescent Services 2000).