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.
Now that more people are aware of the effects of alcohol, the question is should they lower the drinking age to 18 because at that age a person is considered an adult. With teens being more educated in high school and collage one would think they will not make the mistake of driving drunk, now that they are aware of the consequences. If young people in other countries can handle the responsibility of drinking, why can't it be the same for our country?
It is more common for young adults to binge drink in the United States that in most countries that allow underage drinking. “The health crisis caused by underage drinking proclaimed by the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia (CASA) does not exist,” by. Doug Bandow (Balkin, and Szumski 44). The study done by CASA is filled with inaccurate statistics and was only made to advance the group’s message. Parents should teach teens how to drink responsibly, to reduce the problems related to binge drinking among adolescents (Balkin, and Szumski 44).
Situations like these are mostly due to minors being forced to drink in unsafe, secret places to avoid authoritative figures. This is seen the most in young college students. Many college university presidents claim that, “the more they crack down on campus drinking, the more they simply force that behavior into clandestine location, often off campus, beyond their sight and their authority” (McCardell, 2010). As Dr. Ruth Engs states, “those under the age of 21 are more likely to be heavy – sometimes called “binge” – drinkers (consuming over 5 drinks at least once a week)” (Engs, 2010). This is because people in this society have a way of wanting what they can have, and fighting to still obtain it; even if it’s illegal.
In the early 1900’s, when the United States passed through a time of prohibition, numerous citizens were outraged that alcohol was forbidden. Even with the law forbidding all alcohol, the consumption levels didn’t decrease drastically. The only change was that drinking was all done underground; countless young adults constantly sneaked around the law to obtain a few drinks. Although individuals over the age of twenty can obtain alcohol, not much has changed; eighteen to twenty year olds still frequently sneak around. To fix this problem, some people believe that the United States should lower the drinking age because the wait until the magical twenty- first birthday to drink is absurd and contributes to the reason why the U.S. contains a plethora of underage drinkers.
However, the authors voice and provide evidence on why lowering the age should and should not happen, but authors McCardell and Carise have some common thinking about prohibition not being the answer. I am going to explain binge drinking, binge driving and health issues. In the first disagreement McCardell states that drinking too much alcohol in a short time period is as general today as it was before the age was raised. Since the arm of the law changed in 1984, fewer Young adults are drinking alcohol (of course under the effective law, none should) but 45 percentage of those who do drink, drink excessively... ... middle of paper ... ...t Carise disagrees but, both authors both agree that prohibition is not the answer. Even though the two authors have different perspectives on lowering the the age from 21 to a younger age, there is plenty common ground in compromise with both authors and both can agree that something needs to be done in order to educate young people on the responsibilities of alcohol use.
Sure teens drink less often than adults but when they do drink they definitely drink more than adults. This practice is known as binge drinking. These harmful and unsafe activities that many teens are engaging in definitely prove the argument that the Minimum Legal Drinking Age 21 lowers the number of underage drinking wrong. If, as adults, people have the right to serve on juries and make major decisions that can influence a whole nation, then at 18 people should be able to consume alcohol without having to worry about breaking the law. 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.
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. Teens and alcohol are not a good mix so citizens of the United States should keep them separated as best as they can. By having a minimum age limit of twenty-one, that is a great way to do it.
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?
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.