In addition, with alcohol being a restricted item for minors it makes the “wanting” of consuming alcohol even greater. This makes people want to drink, and drinking can lead to many bad consequences. If society lowers the drinking age then there would not be many cases of underage drinkers. “There are 10.8 million underage drinkers in the United States” (Underage Drinking Statistics). If the age was eighteen instead of twenty-one there would not be as much abuse of alcohol consumption in the United States.
Has anyone been harmed from underage drinking that you may know of, whether it’s from over dosing or a severe car accident? The topic of lowering the drinking age to eighteen in the United States is very debatable subject because many people have a difficult time deciding which side to support. Many of the negative issues for the low drinking age would have of an effect on the future, which is why the reform should not be put into action. Reasons include health issues, irresponsibility, and deaths among the youth. Even though there are many pros and cons to lowering the U.S. drinking age to eighteen, it should not be reduced because the effects could be more damaging than what was intended.
The current drinking law is counterproductive in our society because it’s not effective in eliminating underage drinking, and leads to unsafe situations such as drunk driving and alcohol poison instigated deaths. This problem could be solved by lowering the minimum drinking age to eighteen, with a drinking license. “Either we are a nation of lawbreakers, or this is a bad law”, says John McCardell, author for the Greenhaven Press (McCardell, 2012). What McCardell is referring to is the law barring the consumption of alcohol in individuals under the age of twenty-one in the United States. John McCardell is the former president of Middlebury College, and he is also the founder of the Choose Responsibly group (Baldouf, 2007).
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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.
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).
The legal minimum age should not be lowered, teens under 21 don’t have the responsibility to get intoxicated and those include car accidents, homicides, suicides, and other injuries. I’m going to tell you why minors should not drink, how alcoholic beverages effects teens, and why the legal minimum age shouldn’t be lowered. The ages, fewer than 21 should not drink alcohol for one, its illegal and it could have a risk for becoming addicted and other varieties of consequences. For instance, you could get in trouble with the law because for some, alcoholic beverages could have a result of being violent and aggressive around other people. Furthermore, having trouble with paying attention in school, drinking alcohol can mutilate how your brain functions; it could be a long term effect.
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(Cloud) Although there is a decrease in drinking and dri... ... middle of paper ... ...tion Center. The risks of underage drinking before the age of 21 are serious and aren’t looked at by the teens that are drinking. Works Cited Cloud, John. "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered." n.d.: n. pag.