The Effects of Age and Binge Drinking

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There aren’t any secrets that cover the fact that alcohol may affect the liver and are the leading cause of automobile accidents. Drinking alcohol requires maturity in order to drink responsibly. Lowering the drinking age to 18 would not be an ideal occurrence. Drinking alcohol can cause mental, physical and emotional damage to people of any age. Many doctors could attest and the average people of society would agree that the lowering the minimum drinking age to 18 would be absurd being that that teens have not yet reached an age where they can handle alcohol responsibly, thus are more likely to harm or even kill themselves and others by drinking prior to 21 (ProConorg Headlines). A complete ban of alcohol will not serve as a reasonable method of lowering any type of drinking as proved in 1933 when prohibition ended. Practical restrictions should be able to suffice, however in some instances lowering the legal drinking age from 21 did not stop teen drinking but it was instead displaced. The problem has driven underage binge drinking into private and less controlled environments, such as homes that do not have proper guardians or colleges where a large amount of the population are teens. They have just gotten out of high school and are at a high risk for peer pressure from the older students and clubs and Greek organizations (Hanson, 2010). The legal age of drinking is a timeless argument that has pondered the minds of many throughout the years. Organizations such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) argue that high school students using alcohol are expected to drop out of school or believe that their grades aren’t important as compared to high school students that do not drink alcohol. This is valued to be accurate. Binge d... ... middle of paper ... ...Colleges and Binge Drinking. (2008, Sept 16). The New York Times, p. A26. Retrieved from The New York Times : Colleges and Binge Drinking." The New York Times 16 Sept. 2008, New York ed.: A26. Hanson, D. J. (2010). Alcohol: Problems and Solutions. Retrieved 2013, from Binge Drinking: . MADD.Org. (n.d.). MADD Get Involved/ Why 21. Retrieved 2013, from MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving: http://www.madd.org/underage-drinking/why21/ Malley, P. O. (1990). Minimum Drining Age Laws: Effects on American Youth . Retrieved 2013, from Monitoring The Furture: Monitoringthefutre.org ProConorg Headlines. (n.d.). Retrieved 2013, from Drinking Age: http://drinkingage.procon.org Wechsler, H. D. (1995). A gender specific measure of binge drinking among college students . American Journal of Public Heatlh , 85,87,982.

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