At age eighteen society expects citizens to act like adults and hence should be given the right to drink. These young adults “can drive cars, fly planes, marry, vote, pay taxes, take out loans, and risk their lives as members of the U.S armed forces” but one right is not granted to them: the consumption of alcohol (Source A). Since so many responsibilities are established for these adults, I think the leisure of drinking should also be given to them. Most young adults perform these... ... middle of paper ... ... problem is definitely no to raise the age. 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 lowered age also created problems between states. A blood border, which is named after the many accidents that happen on the roads going from one state to another, would be formed between states with a hi... ... middle of paper ... ...e minimum legal drinking age in the United States should remain at twenty-one years old. Since the National Legal Drinking Age Act was ratified, the consumption of liquor among minors has abated significantly. With the restriction in affect, the United States is definitely a safer place when it comes to alcohol use. Even though, the reduction of the drinking age would get rid of the taboo that surrounds alcohol which would result in fewer teens drinking just to be accepted by their peers, young adolescents now have a harder time getting access to alcohol due to the minimum legal drinking age resulting in less alcohol-affiliated problems and a decrease in damage to their bodies.
There are many eighteen year, with immaturity. However age doesn’t define maturity because a twenty one year old could make the same decisions as an eighteen year old. “The age limit for alcohol is based on research which shows that young people react differently to alcohol. Teens get drunk twice as fast as adults, 9 but have more trouble knowing when to stop. Teens naturally ov... ... middle of paper ... ... states reduced highway funds because of the damage of underage drinking, which made states revamp the age back to twenty one in order to get highway funds.
Turning 18 gives these young adults right to legally buy and consume alcoholic drinks and foods i... ... middle of paper ... ...eaking and entering, etc. These ratings go up and spread a negative effect on the Virgin Islands due to a simple change of a law. These crime rates increase each year which defeats the purpose of becoming a wealthy and safe island to draw in tourist. In conclusion, Raising the drinking age affects many aspects of the Virgin islands. We see that although it may bring the benefit of less alcohol related deaths and injuries from car accidents, it may cause more cons than pros due to the amount of areas being affected in different ways.
Research has shown a continuous decrease in drinking and driving, however this is the result of many factors: education concerning drunk driving, designated driver programs, increased seat belt and air bag usage, safer automobiles, lower speed limits, etc. Although the legal purchase age is 21 years of age, a majority of college students under this age consume alcohol but in an irresponsible manner. This is because drinking is seen as an enticing “forbidden fruit,” a “badge of rebellion against authority” and a symbol of “adulthood.” In order to get a drink, teenagers will carry fake ID’s, or sneak drinks from their parents’ liquor cabinets. This kind of atti...
Most of the time drinking injuries and fatalities are cause by drinking and driving, so these groups do not want the age lowered at all. Also, States that are considering lowering the drinking age face opposition from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) as they say, “Congress voted in 1984 to penalize states that set the drinking age below 21 with forfeiture of 10 percent on their federal highway funds” (Keen). Most states are not willing to give up the federal money in order to pass state laws that would lower their drinking age. Groups such as MADD try to make sure that states are aware of these restrictions so they will change their minds before passing a lower drinking age law. Sta... ... middle of paper ... ...onsible adults they will act maturely, therefore they will not abuse their privilege.
Teens with ultra-fast metabolisms react twice as quickly as an adult does. Most teens drink to specifically get drunk and not drink because they like what their drinking but more t... ... middle of paper ... ...egin to drink. A few drinks can calm down anexity and leave you feeling relaxed, yet this has been taken to the extreme very often. This practice can become abusive and will lead to alcohol abuse if it continues. According to WedMd’s latest article on Alcohol and Depression, “research is split on the decision if regular alcohol consumption leads to depression.” They also question if more depressed people are more willing to drink alcohol than a person who is not depressed.
Since then teenage drinking has only worsened, by forcing more underground and unsupervised drinking, making it more risky and less manageable. Minors began using and abusing alcohol, they were binge drinking and front-facing before going out for the night. In turn causing the number of off highway accidents and fatalities to rise. The MDLA (minimum legal drinkin... ... middle of paper ... ... by 35%, but did anyone teach them how to drink responsibly? We don’t expect teenagers to learn to drive by themselves or children to read and write by themselves, so why do we except minors to drink responsibly without being taught to do so?
There are numerous problems involving alcohol in the world today, including alcoholism, drunk driving, and alcohol poisoning leading to death. Many of these problems involve minors and are linked to drinking underage. The legal drinking age in many states is twenty-one years old. The purpose of this law is to keep minors out of danger: away from drunk driving, alcohol poisoning, and injuring the brain before it is fully developed. The government supports the belief that people are not ready or responsible enough for alcohol until this age.
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.