Studies have found that keeping the MLDA at 21 reduces traffic accidents and fatalities by 13%. (Minimal Legal Drinking Age, 1) Lowering the MLDA to 18 would increase the rate of binge drinking under the age of 18, if MLDA was lowered. (Minimal Legal Drinking Age, 2) Lowering the MLDA to 18 would also give middle schoolers and high schoolers easier access to alcohol. Many believe that 18 year olds are not responsible enough to handle alcohol consumption and is more susceptible to the influence of alcohol. (Pros and Cons of Lowering the Drinking Age,
By July, 1, 1970 thirty states minimize their MLDA to 18. By 1980 most of the United States lowered the MLDA to 18 except 14 states. Referable to the legislation of the Minimum Legal Drinking age act of 1984, all the United States raised their minimum age again to 21. The minimum legal drinking age should be 21 because the car accidents will be less, and the possibility of intoxication will decrease, The proponents expressed that the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) did not prevent youths from drinking, but further it made them drunk in a really dangerous place away from their parents and the guild control. While the opponents debated that by age 21 you will be more responsible and you can experience precisely what harms you.
Underage drinking is a serious problem for teenagers in the United States. In 1984 the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed by the federal government, which required all the states to raise their drinking age back to 21. According to the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that 21 law has lowered the number of accident and has saved 23,733 lives. Underage alcohol use is more likely to kill young people than all illicit drugs combined In the article, “There’s no benefit in lowering the drinking age,” by Robert Voas try to persuade the reader that lowering the drinking age can be dangerous for the teens . I agree with Voas statement because we should not lower the drinking age to 18 because drinking at underage harm brain development, leads to binge drinking, and increases fatal accidents.
Lowering the Drinking Age 82.6% of the world’s countries’ legal drinking age is below 19 years old; 73% of those countries’ legal drinking age is between 18 and 19 years old. The U.S. is a small percent of the world that’s drinking age is 21. There is much debate on whether to lower the drinking age or not. Some say at 18 our brains are not developed enough for alcohol and “children” under the influence are more dangerous; however, on the opposition other countries thrive even with the lower drinking age. According to Centers of Disease Control and Abuse “68% of 12th graders have tried alcohol before,” showing not only that they can get their hands on it, but that underage drinking is going to happen anyway.
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.
According to Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, 20% of the alcohol purchased from alcohol stores are consumed by underage drinkers. Therefore, the law really doesn 't really affect the underage drinkers until you get ticket or in trouble for drinking. This being said, I believe that the drinking age should be lowered to 18 years old. Turning 18 is a big stage in life. When you turn 18 you can vote, get married and start a family, fight for your country, and buy tobacco products.
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.
Should the legal consumption of alcohol age lowered to eighteen? Changing the legal alcohol age from twenty one to eighteen has become a hot topic throughout the years due to the effects it has on the body and the rising number of deaths. The current drinking age, twenty one, has not stopped underage drinking; in fact, it has encouraged it. It has pushed binge drinking into private and less controlled environments, leading to more health and life endangering behavior by teens. At the age of eighteen the government labels you as an adult and tags along the title of responsibility.
While, there should be more government programs to educate and prevent people from driving intoxicated. More and more people under the age of 21 are experiencing alcohol. "A survey released by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA) found that by the time Texas teenagers are seniors in high school, more than 80% of the teens admit to having some experience with alcohol. The same study found that secondary students say it's easy to get beer, wine or liquor" (Westbrook). Texas is a zero tolerance state for underage drinking it has some of the strictest penalties for underage drinking, and if 80% of the teenagers in Texas have had experiences with alcohol that tells me that the campaigns against underage drinking, and zero tolerance programs are not working.
Solutions to the Underage Drinking Problem As more and more innocent lives are taken by accidents involving alcohol, it's no wonder why the drinking age is enforced. Consumption of alcohol doesn't just pertain to drinking and driving but is also involved in teen deaths such as suicide, homicide, and other accidents including drowning. Last year, 224 Texans under the age of 21 died in traffic accidents caused by drunken drivers. How well is it being enforced though? A Gallup Youth Survey taken in May of 2001, found that 51% of teens between the ages of 13-17 said it is pretty easy to get alcohol.