Lowering the Drinking Age to 18 May Help Reduce Binge Drinking

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The debate of the drinking age has been long discussed throughout America. The drinking age has been 21 for the last 22 years, and people around the country have wondered weather or not this was the right call. People say that 18 year olds may not be mature enough to drink alcohol and might not know when to stop. It isn’t that teenagers don’t know how to stop, but rather have not been properly taught when enough has been consumed or how to drink responsibly. Changing the drinking age from 21 to 18 years old will take the thrill that teens get from breaking the law while drinking, will no longer give them the idea that drinking is the final stage of adulthood and full maturity, and will no longer force teenagers to drink in unsupervised areas. A major reason behind teenagers drinking is because of the thrills that it entails. Not only does it give teenagers the feeling of being drunk, but it also give them the thrill of breaking the law. According to Ruth Engs, drinking by teenagers is seen as a “forbidden fruit, a badge of rebellion against authority and a symbol of adulthood.” (Why the Drinking Age Should Be Lowered) ProCon.org says that if America changed the drinking age back to 18, then drinking for these youths would become more of a normal activity. They wouldn’t hide it from their parents or law officers, so they would be less prone to injuries or deaths. Then they would be under proper adult supervision, and at a place where they can learn how to drink responsibly (Drinking Age). According to John McCardell, the change of the drinking age to 21 has become counterproductive. McCardell told 60 Minutes that, “This law has been an abysmal failure. It hasn’t reduced or eliminated drinking. It has simply driven it ... ... middle of paper ... ...orced to drink in unsupervised areas instead of with an adult present. As long as the drinking age is 21, teenagers will continue to do these things in order to drink, and they will not learn the responsibilities that go along with drinking and ‘binge’ drinking will continue to be the result of it. Works Cited Cloud, John. "Should The Drinking Age Be Lowered?" Time. 6 June 2008. Web. 17 Mar. 2010. "Drinking Age." ProCon.org. Web. 17 Mar. 2010. . Engs, Ruth C. Why the Drinking Age Should Be Lowered: An Opinion Based upon Research. Rep. Indiana University. Web. 17 Mar. 2010. Miron, Jeffrey A., and Elina Tetelbaum. "The Dangers Of The Drinking Age." Forbes. 15 Apr. 2009. Web. 17 Mar. 2010. "The Debate On Lowering the Drinking Age." 60 Minutes. CBS. New York City, New York. Cbsnews.com. CBS, 22 Feb. 2009. Web. 30 Mar. 2010.
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