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.
Minor Traditionally, at 18 years of age a person is no longer a minor. Yet, a person cannot legally buy a drink in America until they reach the age of 21. Meanwhile, in countries outside of the U.S. the drinking age is set at 18 years old. Although adults at 21 years old can drink, lowering the legal drinking age to 18 is not necessarily beneficial not only to our society but because there happens to be much rebellion and a vast majority of young adults in America are addicted to alcohol. But, keeping the drinking age at 21 avoids negative effects of alcohol consummation before 21, and it allows for less violence in the community.
“It saves lives by preventing alcohol-related traffic fatalities among 18-20-year-olds and the rest of the population” (Kindelberger, 2005). Although this may be partly true, it is obvious that this law does not keep many young people safe. It is almost impossible to stop minors from getting together at a house and drinking. If eighteen-year old’s were allowed to drink, they would not have to go to extreme measures and get involved in reckless behavior to achieve their alcohol desires. John McCardell (retired president of Middlebury College in VA) proposes a compromise to the drinking age.
With all of the alcohol problems with underage drinking should the drinking age be lowered just to offset the problem. Studies prove that those who drink before age 21 have considerably more alcoholic problems at work, with family, and with police (Lyons 18). If we lower the age too soon without enforcing the punishments way more than we do now then we will just of lowered the age at which kids start drinking. There has to be an off set something that will stop teens from drinking illegally. Therefore it would not be smart to lower the drinking age until the punishment will match the crime.
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Furthermore, when the opportunity to drink arises there is a kind of "Let's make up for lost time" attitude. The result is binge drinking. C. Teen drinking has been a long-standing problem in American culture, which the drinking age lows have done very little to stop. The American society does not teach the youth limits or responsibilities. Instead, they seemingly assume that, upon reaching the legal age of twenty-one, those "children" will somehow know their limits and be able to control themselves with alcohol and other such substances.
Lowering the Legal Drinking Age Almost everyone can agree that alcohol should not be given or allowed to children under a certain age. Alcohol is a substance that is very dangerous and if you used incorrectly or immaturely the consequences can be a great danger to the users or the ones around them. The recent discussions regarding drinking are about whether the legal drinking age should be lowered from twenty-one to eighteen. This controversial issue has been specifically relevant to college students because drinking has become a big part of college life and can be found all over college campuses. Proponents of lowering the legal drinking age from 21 argue that it has not stopped teen drinking, and has instead pushed more illegal underage drinking.
(“Alcohol Abuse and Youth” 1) While underage drinking is a legitimate problem, it should be mainly the responsibility of the parents to decide whether their child should drink. But if allowed, it should be in a closely supervised place. Teen drinking remains problematic with one-third of American youth consuming alcohol on a regular basis since the government outlawed the consumption of alcohol by anyone underage twenty-one on 1984. Some regulators say that making the federal minimum drinking age twenty-one has made alcohol a “forbidden fruit... ... middle of paper ... ...Drug Rehab Treatment Centers. 2 Dec. 2009. http://www.drugrehabtreatment.com/girlswhoparty.html.
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.
Therefore, the minimum legal drinking age for teens should be lowered from 21, to 18. On the other hand, “Opponents of lowering the MLDA argue that teens have not yet reached an age where they can handle alcohol responsibly, and thus are more likely to harm or even kill themselves and others by drinking prior to 21” (ProCon, 2012, para. 3). Therefore, the MLDA should not be lowered to 18, but should instead remain at 21, because teens are not responsible and mature enough at 18 to handle the mental and physical effects of alcohol. Issue: Should the legal minimum drinking age (MLDA) for teens be lowered from 21, to 18, in the United States?