Lowering The United States Drinking Age To 18 In the 1980's it was legal for eighteen-year-olds to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. In 1984, the United States Government pressured the states to raise the legal age to twenty-one (Rally). Their reasoning--eighteen-year-olds were too immature and responsible in their partaking of alcohol. Outlawing the consumption of alcohol by minors does not prevent underage drinking anymore than posting speed limit signs prevents speeding! Is there something that all of the sudden makes us responsible drinkers when we turn 21?
Lower the Drinking age to 19 There is a huge debate whether the drinking age of 21 should be raised or lowered from 21. The problem, I see with under age drinking is that almost anyone can obtain alcohol easily by knowing a 21 year old friend. The legal age in the United States is 18, if you can go to war at 18, vote at 18, smoke cigarettes at 18, and drive a vehicle, why should the drinking age be at 21? At 18 you are basically an adult with responsibilities. At 18 we are making big decisions in life, like deciding which school to attend, whether to join the military, and where to work.
Did you know that the legal age for drinking alcohol was eighteen years of age until 1987? In 1987 the legal drinking age became twenty-one years of age. Shouldn’t the legal consumption age amongst Americans be dropped to the permitted age of adulthood, eighteen years? At the age of eighteen years old, any individual can walk down the aisle without their parent’s consent and can move out of their custodian's house and live on their own. Why should the government dictate what these adults can do when it comes to their choice to consume alcohol?
The United States has a law that states, one under the age of 21 shall not consume alcohol unless they are in their own home and have parent/guardian permission. Not even this law can completely eliminate underage drinking. Statistics shows underage drinking is an issue; it was in the past, today, and will be in the present if nothing is changed. In 1971, Congress changed the law by increasing the drinking age to 21; by late 1970’s most states in America changed their own law to a minimum drinking age of 18 again. This is when another law was passed withholding highway funding to any state that l... ... middle of paper ... ... with it and underage drinking would not be such an issue.
The national minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) of The United States is twenty-one and it is ineffective; therefore it should be lowered to eighteen. The minimum legal drinking age does not prevent underage consumption of alcohol. Lowering the age of consumption can possibly reduce the number of injuries do to underage drinking. The legal age of adulthood in the United States is eighteen, so all adults should be able to make their own decision to drink or not. “Although many believe that anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited from consuming alcohol in the United States, underage drinking is allowed in 29 states if done on private premises with parental consent, 25 states if for religious purposes, and 11 states if for educational purposes.” ("Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger 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?
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?
This act stated that the drinking age would change to 21 and it has remained that way since. There has been controversy on the effectiveness of the law because most people drink before they turn 21. Which side is right? Was Reagan correct for implementing the drinking age as 21 or are the multiple college president and chancellors of Amethyst Initiative that believe it should be 18? Between the 1920’s and 1933 the use and purchase of alcohol was illegal.
They tell us how we aren’t allowed to drink, that we aren’t old enough or mature enough to do it, but the more adults talk about it, the more teenagers want to do it. When a kid goes off to college, it’s expected that he is going to drink. Since most kids don’t know what a hangover feels like, or what it’s like to get the spins, they don’t know their limits and when they need to stop. That is when you get people doing stupid things because they don’t know any better. The most important thing for a young drinker to know is his or her limit.
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.