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. In the United States, there have been a numerous amount of laws and restrictions put into place to regulate and control the use of alcohol. During the twentieth century, most states had drinking age restrictions ranging from ages eighteen to twenty-one. Many states lowered their limits to eighteen in 1971 due to the lowering of the voting age, although the states re-raised their age restrictions when they received discontent over the increase in drunk-driving accidents. The lowered age also created problems between states.
Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in the United States. Although the consumption of alcohol by itself is not a social problem, the continuous and excessive use of alcohol can become problematic. There are four symptoms associated with alcohol dependence which are craving, loss of control, physical dependence, and tolerance. 17.6 million People, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems. (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, n.d.) The United States has banned drugs such as heroin, LSD, and marijuana in the United States because they claim that these drugs dangerous and that these drugs have no medical purpose.
Changing the drinking age from 21 to 18 years old will take the thrill that teens get from breaking the law while drinking, will no longer give them the idea that drinking is the final stage of adulthood and full maturity, and will no longer force teenagers to drink in unsupervised areas. A major reason behind teenagers drinking is because of the thrills that it entails. Not only does it give teenagers the feeling of being drunk, but it also give them the thrill of breaking the law. According to Ruth Engs, drinking by teenagers is seen as a “forbidden fruit, a badge of rebellion against authority and a symbol of adulthood.” (Why the Drinking Age Should Be Lowered) ProCon.org says that if America changed the drinking age back to 18, then drinking for these youths would become more of a normal activity. They wouldn’t hide it from their parents or law officers, so they would be less prone to injuries or deaths.
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.
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.
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.
No one can argue with the fact that underage drinking is a huge problem in our society today. Nonetheless, there are ways to decrease these problems. The current drinking age, twenty-one, is not beneficial to our country anymore. Lowering the age to eighteen with a license will impact our country in a positive way, by decreasing the numbers of drunk driving incidents, and alcohol poisoning due to minors drinking in secret Those who oppose lowering the drinking age say that lowering it will cause less underage age drunk driving accidents. They also say that the 18-20-year-old brain is not developed enough to safely consume alcohol.
Introduction For many years, underage drinking in America has been a very controversial topic. However, because of the many discrepancies that some US state representatives have added to the federal underage law, this subject will hardly be solved or going away, anytime soon. Proponents argue “The current underage drinking law of 21, has not stopped teen drinking, and has instead pushed underage binge drinking into private and less controlled environments, leading to more health and life-endangering behavior by teens” (ProCon, 2012, para. 2). Therefore, the minimum legal drinking age for teens should be lowered from 21, to 18.
A simple answer can be conjured up, no. What many people don’t realize is that alcohol, (if started at a younger age) cause’s more severe problems to health as they mature; an eighteen year old isn’t anywhere near as mature and developed as someone who is twenty-one or older, and we need to focus on the certain type of kids who are binge drinking and fix those individuals. In a class I am taking this quarter called Lifespan psychology, we are currently learning about the negative effects alcohol has on adolescence. When drinking is started at a younger age the body becomes more dependent on the substances you put it in because if it is frequently used, your body is growing and maturing but with these substances present. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “the younger a person is when he or she starts drinking, the greater his or her chance is of becoming addicted to alcohol at some point in life.