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. First of all, lowering the drinking age will harm teen’s brains development. Many teenagers are still developing their brain at the age of 18 and are not able to make the right decisions. The human brain is like a sponge, which absorbs all the knowledge that we learn. Furthermore; alcohol interferes with our brain and have long lasting effects on the int... ... middle of paper ... ...was responsible for the death of the women and boy.
In the United States there have been many deaths due to alcohol. If it were not for the lack of education of alcohol abuse, many of the accidents could be prevented. The U.S’s biggest problem that Americans are facing is underage drinking. In our society we see many young teenagers that begin to drink at an early age of 10. They want to experience it without knowing the health risk factors that are associated with alcohol.
While some parents may feel relieved that their teen is “only” drinking, it is important to remember that alcohol is a powerful, mood-altering drug. Not only does alcohol affect the mind and body in unpredictable ways, but teens lack the judgment and coping skills to handle alcohol wisely. Some teenagers are brought up with the attitude that drinking is pure evil. But most of the time this just causes rebellious behavior and makes them want to try it even more, and once they try it they could possibly get addicted. According to associate professor Deborah Deas and assistant professor Suzanne Thomas from the Medical University of South Carolina, more senior high school students use alcohol than any other drug.
In my generation drinking among underage kids is blamed on peers, accessibility, and adulthood. “Research shows that about 10 million Americans between ages 12 to 20 years had at least one drink last month” (April is Alcohol Awareness Month). Like all addictions, alcohol must first be experimented with. When a kid tries alcohol for the first time s/he will either like it and do it again, or not like it and not try it for a long time. Today’s youth have far more confusing and complex issues to deal with than those youth of earlier generations.
Recent brain research proves that the still-developing teenage brain[18 years old] is more susceptible to damage from alcohol (State Legislatures n.p. ).” Drinking alcohol at any age can cause major damage to the body and accidents; however, the probability of damage or an accident increases in underage drinkers. Drinking while young, can impair learning and memory (State Legislator n.p.). The brain is not the only organ damaged by alcohol. Cirrhosis of liver would increase in population because of alcohol consumption at an early age ( Alcantara 468).
Alcohol has been linked to several horrible issues. The consequences of these problems include stiff fines, jail time, suspension of privileges and even death. The corollary of drinking alcohol can cause immense guilt, and even rifts in relationships with family and others. With booze being so bad it must be awful to get started drinking young. “…more than half of America’s teenagers have had at least one drink by age 15 and the percentage increases to 70% by age 18.” (Sober Nation) Teen drinking is a definite issue within the U.S.; its effects on an adolescent’s mind is horrendous; however, there is a way to fix this epidemic.
If teens are able to vote, buy guns, purchase cigarettes, sign up and die for this country at eighteen, why shouldn’t they be allowed to consume alcohol? According to The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia, “Alcohol is actually a depressant; it slows down the mind by depressing the nervous system and often results in more extreme depression. Also, statistics prove that alcohol is one of the biggest killers, accounting for more deaths and illnesses than the total of those that come from the use of all illegal drugs.” Drinking among college students continue to rise every year despite the efforts to prevent it. College students are going to drink alcohol regardless if it is legal or illegal. Lowering the drinking age would allow them to b... ... middle of paper ... ..., the increase in homicide rates in the late 1980s and early 1990s was driven entirely by a rise in youth homicide with handguns (Blumstein 2002).
There has been an ongoing controversy in the United States on whether the drinking age should be lowered to eighteen like most of the world or if it should stay at twenty-one. Underage drinking has been a major controversial issue for years, yet why is it not under control? Teenagers are continuing to buy alcohol with fake identification cards, drink, get into bars, and drink illegally. As a teen I have proof that these things are going on not only in college but in high school as well. There are a lot of factors that come together to why the drinking age should be lowered to eighteen; the most obvious reason is too many people are drinking before they are twenty-one.
Each year most teen deaths have been caused from underage drinking in the United States, which is a big topic that the government is trying to prevent from happening. The government has set the drinking age to 21 but how are teens getting there alcohol? Teens are using fake Id’s to get their alcohol or even asking adults to purchase it for them, because of this, underage drinking has become a big issue in the United States. The age when young people are taking their first drink is becoming lower each year. Many studies report that preteens are experimenting with alcohol and many are already heavy drinkers.
Binge drinking is a serious problem in today’s society that affecting the physically, mentally, and emotionally well beings of today generation of kids. It is an epidemic that need to come to an end. It is an important factor to first understand the meaning of binge drinking. According to David J. Hanson, most people would say “binge drinking brings to mind a self-destructive and unrestrained drinking bout lasting for at least a couple of days during which time the heavily intoxicated drinker "drops out" by not working, ignoring responsibilities, squandering money, and engaging in other harmful behaviors such as fighting or risky sex” (“Declining”). Hanson also gives a brief description of what the