The drinking age has not always been 21 in the United States. In fact it was fairly recently that for a variety of reasons the government agreed to pass President Reagan’s law prohibiting anyone under the age of 21 to buy alcohol. In the early 1980’s the drinking age was raised to 21 nationwide in the United States. In short the U.S created this law due to the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. This law essentially told states that they had to pass a law stating a minimum drinking age of 21 or lose up to ten percent of their federal highway funding.
These facts clearly indicate that the current law is not even helping deter people under 21 from drinking, but instead are encouraging them to drink more. Counters/Solutions It seems logical that when turning eighteen, and gain the status of legal adult, people should have the choice of whether or not they want to drink. However, some believe that “enforcing the legal drinking age of 21 reduces traffic crashes, protects young people’s maturing brains, and keeps young people safe overall” (Why 21? 2011). “It saves lives by preventing alcohol-related traffic fatalities among 18-20-year-olds and the rest of the population” (Kindelberger, 2005).
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.
Sure teens drink less often than adults but when they do drink they definitely drink more than adults. This practice is known as binge drinking. These harmful and unsafe activities that many teens are engaging in definitely prove the argument that the Minimum Legal Drinking Age 21 lowers the number of underage drinking wrong. If, as adults, people have the right to serve on juries and make major decisions that can influence a whole nation, then at 18 people should be able to consume alcohol without having to worry about breaking the law. Lowering the drinking age to 18 would encourage people to drink responsibly and it would reduce traffic accidents that are caused by people driving under the influence.
We see that although it may bring the benefit of less alcohol related deaths and injuries from car accidents, it may cause more cons than pros due to the amount of areas being affected in different ways. It is best advised that the Virgin Islands legal drinking age should stay the same rather than being changed because young adults will continue to drink. Also, I feel it is best that the drinking age remain 18 because tourist view laws like these to be more laid back as a reflection to the laid back lifestyle that takes place in the VI.
Even though, the reduction of the drinking age would get rid of the taboo that surrounds alcohol which would result in fewer teens drinking just to be accepted by their peers, young adolescents now have a harder time getting access to alcohol due to the minimum legal drinking age resulting in less alcohol-affiliated problems and a decrease in damage to their bodies. Teens and alcohol are not a good mix so citizens of the United States should keep them separated as best as they can. By having a minimum age limit of twenty-one, that is a great way to do it.
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. On the other hand, however, Opponents of lowering the legal drink age argue that teens have not yet reached an age where they can handle alcohol responsibly. The legal drink age should stay at twenty-one because people tend to be more mature and responsible at 21 than at 18. 18-year-olds are typically entering a new phase of independence from their parents through college or the workforce, and are more susceptible to binge drinking, risky sexual activity, and other irresponsible behavior due to lack of maturity. Even though there are only a couple of years between these two ages I feel that a lot of growing and maturing happens in those years.
The fact was talking about lowering the crimes to make it safer with less alcohol. Studies from scientist indicate that when the ages 21 drink less, it continues to get less risky and it calms down. This fact is the age 21 drinks less cause fewer crimes from being suicide (.Fell). In Conclusion, getting less alcohol can save many innocent lives from suicide or poison. Although some people think it’s ok to let younger adult to drink alcohol because MLDA 21 isn't statistically associated with lower rates of crimes.
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.
Even though there are many pros and cons to lowering the U.S. drinking age to eighteen, it should not be reduced because the effects could be more damaging than what was intended. Because teens are so rebellious, lowering the age of consuming alcohol legal won’t stop the thrill of drinking, but gives them easier access to alcohol. For instance, there are minors who have friends or siblings over the legal drinking age that are willing to purchase alcohol for them. This result is known as the “trickle down effect.” This effect means that people who are of drinking age will find ways to give minors alcohol, even if it’s just for a few friends or a large party. And when the drinking age is lowered, then those even younger will some how begin to possess alcohol, hence the “trickle down effect.” Additionally, minors will also possess a fake ID to obtain alcohol.