Although teens are legally considered adults by the age of eighteen and the minimum legal drinking age prompts underage teens to exhibit risky behavior, the age restriction should not be lowered from twenty-one to eighteen because young teens would have easier access to alcohol, the minimum legal drinking age has decreased alcohol-related problems, and alcohol can cause damage to underage drinkers. In the United States, there have been a numerous amount of laws and restrictions put into place to regulate and control the use of alcohol. During the twentieth century, most states had drinking age restrictions ranging from ages eighteen to twenty-one. Many states lowered their limits to eighteen in 1971 due to the lowering of the voting age, although the states re-raised their age restrictions when they received discontent over the increase in drunk-driving accidents. The lowered age also created problems between states.
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.
“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?"). The purpose of having an MLDA is to prevent underage consumption of alcohol, but the current age has been proven to have little effect on the matter. Teenagers have many ways of obtaining alcoholic beverages such as using fake identification cards and getting an older friend or family member to buy it for them. The methods used to purchase alcohol have been successful; teenagers account for twenty-two and a half billion dollars of consumer spending for alcohol in the United States.” ("Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"). The thrill of breaking the law and being defiant is thrilling to young adults, so raising the age or restricting them from a right they should have is not helping the problem of underage drinking, but encouraging it.
While the opponents debated that by age 21 you will be more responsible and you can experience precisely what harms you. Agreeing to a national study, 77% of the Americans oppose lowering the minimum age and 22% favorable to decrease it to 18. Drinking at a young age could lead to an early death or crimes which would affect the society due to lack of education, less awareness about self-control and life managements. Drinking alcohol under the age of 21 considered illegal all over the United States, but a few states... ... middle of paper ... ...reasing the skilled workforce and managing the natural resources. Granting to the centers for disease control and prevention that alcohol considered that the greatest contributor to death cases among young people.
On the other hand, I believe the drinking should not raised to twenty-one in the Virgin Islands because it deprives young adults of their rights, decreases revenue for the government and businesses, and causes a significant amount of illegal activities. At the age of eighteen, a young man or woman gains most rights as an adult. A few rights of an eighteen year old varies from voting, being able to join the armed forces, serve in a jury, apply for a credit card, and much more. Turning twenty one brings only few rights that are not received at the age of eighteen-twenty. These rights consist of being able to adopt a child, allowed to get certain licenses, and to supervise a learner driver.
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.
Parents are also to blame letting their kids drink and sometimes even buying it for their teens. The drinking age is twenty-one but all these teens are still getting alcohol. At this time I believe the drinking age should stay at twenty-one until there are stricter punishment for alcohol abuse. Today's laws are not what they should be to prevent teens from engaging in underage drinking. The laws are not cutting down on the number of deaths that occur because alcohol is involved or domestic disturbances.
One of the largest questions still up for debate is whether to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. We know that this issue is very mundane to you if you’re from the 70’s and 80’s. We can also recall learning about prohibition in the 1920s. Banning alcohol wasn’t the answer then and it isn’t the answer now. It is time America has lowered the drinking age.
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.
In other countries around the world a person under the age of 21 can drink alcohol, while some countries don't even have an age limit, but in America a person has to be 21 to purchase alcohol. At the age of 18 a person could go to was for their country, could vote, buy cigarettes, but they cannot buy alcohol. One of the main causes of the drinking age being set to 21 was teenagers were getting into car accidents after getting drunk. By no means should driving under the influence should be legal. While, there should be more government programs to educate and prevent people from driving intoxicated.