Engs,Professor at Indiana University has been studying the topic of lowering the legal drinking age for the past twenty years. He has found that “a majority of the college students under this age consume alcohol but in an irresponsible manner. This is because drinking by these youth is seen as an enticing “forbidden fruit” (Why the drinking age should be lowered,1). This is not the first time that this policy has been discussed. During the National Prohibition in the 1920s these laws made every state change their MLDA to 21 years old.
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.
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).
Research has shown a continuous decrease in drinking and driving, however this is the result of many factors: education concerning drunk driving, designated driver programs, increased seat belt and air bag usage, safer automobiles, lower speed limits, etc. Although the legal purchase age is 21 years of age, a majority of college students under this age consume alcohol but in an irresponsible manner. This is because drinking is seen as an enticing “forbidden fruit,” a “badge of rebellion against authority” and a symbol of “adulthood.” In order to get a drink, teenagers will carry fake ID’s, or sneak drinks from their parents’ liquor cabinets. This kind of atti...
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. Teens are going to drink alcohol at one point of their lives. So instead of spending all this money to prevent teens from drinking maybe it should go toward programs, or educating these teens about alcohol so they can make an informed decision about drinking. There are programs now that educate people under the age of 21 about alcohol. These programs are being implemented in colleges around the country, and are about the choices of using alcohol.
Many young adults and college educators argue that the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) should be lowered but I disagree. I don’t think that lowering the legal drinking age would be a good idea because alcohol is one of the main causes of deaths among young adults and also affects their academic performance. Lowering the legal age of drinking will just be a huge mistake. The government should instead raise it higher than 21 or enforce the MLDA more. Since the United States carried out the Uniform Drinking Age Act of 1984, there has been a decrease in underage alcohol-related, car accidents.
Because underage drinking is such a problem in today's society, measures must be taken to reduce the problem. One solution to the problem of underage drinking is to lower the drinking age from 21 years down to 18 or 19 years. At first glance, this seems like a good idea because a large portion of underage drinkers, mainly college students, would now no longer be underage and would be able to drink legally. Problem solved, or is it? According to Reginald Smart, in 1971 the Canadian province of Ontario lowered its drinking age from 21 years to 18 years, thinking this would help alleviate its underage drinking problem.
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. At 18 years old an American citizen can fight for our country, yet they cannot drink a beer. The drinking age in the United States should be lowered for the reason that our soldiers that are able to risk their lives cannot consume alcohol and it provides a safer way for an otherwise risky action. Monitoring The Future surveyed a group of high school students 68% of them have tried alcohol and in the last month 39% of them have drank. The United States has a law that states, one under the age of 21 shall not consume alcohol unless they are in their own home and have parent/guardian permission.
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.
Every two minutes another individual in the United States is killed as a result of drunk driving. Although underage drinkers represent only around ten percent of all motorists, they are involved in 17% of all drinking while driving fatalities. Since the Drinking Age Act of 1984, the number of drunk driving fatalities has declined. However, it is still a major issue especially amongst the youngest of motorists. Although drunk driving, as a whole is an issue, teenage drunk