In conclusion, I believe that the legal drinking age should not be lowered because drinking can be dangerous to the health and well-being of anyone. As the prominent philosopher, Whiting puts it, “Alcohol is the oldest and the most widely used drug in the world” (Whiting). Drinking should be restricted due to the responsibility required when using alcohol. S, Teens do not fully understand the serious effects of drinking at an early age. It can lead to many long-term problems like alcohol abuse, addictions, car accidents, brain injuries, and even death.
A political problem that has been argued over since prohibition is the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA). This is a controversial subject because many believe that the legal drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18 years old. “In the 1970’s the 26th amendment was passed which lowered the legal voting age, this caused 30 US states to lower their MLDA to 18, 19, or 20 which left 14 states with a MLDA of 21 by 1982” (Minimal Legal Drinking Age, 1). But reports later showed an increase in teenage car accidents in states with a lower MLDA; these states soon changed the MLDA back to 21. One of the biggest pros would be that the age of 18 is the age of adulthood.
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.
Hannah Gates Ms. Carlson Pre-AP English II 4 November 2015 The Minimum Legal Drinking Age in the United States Bob Marley once said, “Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.” This is the case when it comes to teens and alcohol. In America, the National Minimum Legal Drinking Age is a topic of great debate and controversy. Many people argue that the age restriction provides a safe environment for all citizens; whereas others disagree that the law creates an untrustworthy aura among teens. If the minimum legal drinking age were to be lowered, most people would be affected by it, whether it be by an increase in drunk-driving or a rise in crimes. 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.
If more time and effort was put into teaching teenagers the rights and wrongs of alcohol in school, they will be able to make better decisions. If parents showed through examples of what proper alcohol consumption looks like on a regular basis, then we might be able to stop this abuse trend. It might not happen in our life time, but if we start now statistics show that there could be a dramatic drop if we just tried. Were not in a situation to stop it, but in a situation to control it better.
The benefits would be that it would one get rid of feelings increasing , two people should have freedom of choice and tree, it is wrong to drink at such a young age. According to the drinking age ProCons.org, lowering the drinking age will invite more use of illicit drugs among 18-21 year olds. It is more likely that they will use other illicit drugs. Lowering the minimum drinking age to 21 would increase the number of teens who drink and therefore the number of teens who use other drugs knowing the effects of this situation, and understanding what can happen. Young adults cloud face many more problems than just .
They seemed to be more worried about me drinking it and having the liquor than the liquor actually being gone. Why were they so concerned? This made me want to know more about underage drin... ... middle of paper ... ...gers can be lectured about the consequences of drinking all day long but, if those consequences aren’t being put into action then they aren't going to take what is being said seriously. In conclusion, underage drinking should never be something that is praised but, it should be looked down upon and should be avoided at all cost. Parents and guardians need to step in to help put a stop to underage drinking.
The government supports the belief that people are not ready or responsible enough for alcohol until this age. However, various professors and researchers are discovering ways to disprove this belief. These people think that reducing the drinking age to eighteen would influence our country in a positive way. Not only do minors support this idea, but there are numerous people and organizations that support the idea of lowering the drinking age as well. The current drinking law is counterproductive in our society because it’s not effective in eliminating underage drinking, and leads to unsafe situations such as drunk driving and alcohol poison instigated deaths.
College students are often classified as “party animals,” but these students are most under the legal drinking age when starting college. Students are drinking under the legal age; therefore, they must accept the adult consequences for trying to take adult actions. Lowering the drinking age would show how easily our government is persuaded to choose a side in controversial issues. If the drinking age was lowered, student’s grades would start to drop and the student’s drop-out rate would rise tremendously. Students in this generation have plenty of distractions that take them away from fully focusing on school; therefore, if the age was lowered, students would only worry about the next party instead of their next class.
People who think the drinking age should be lowered are because of three facts. Under the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, fewer young adults drink, but when they do drink they tend to drink more, which lead to a more serious problem - binge drinking. Furthermore, people can vote, adopt children, sign up for Iraq or become a commercial pilot at 18. Therefore, it is double standard to set the drinking age at 21. Another point is that kids are going to drink regardless of its legality.