The country should lower the drinking age to 18. The country could get an economic boost and that would be great. More teens drink more than adults. They could make more awareness about drinking to the youth in schools. “The 21 year old drinking age law is not working, and is counterproductive, it behooves us as a nation to change our current prohibition law and to teach responsible drinking techniques for those who chose to consume alcoholic beverages” (Engs,
If more time and effort was put into teaching teenagers the rights and wrongs of alcohol in school, they will be able to make better decisions. If parents showed through examples of what proper alcohol consumption looks like on a regular basis, then we might be able to stop this abuse trend. It might not happen in our life time, but if we start now statistics show that there could be a dramatic drop if we just tried. Were not in a situation to stop it, but in a situation to control it better.
In the early 1900’s, when the United States passed through a time of prohibition, numerous citizens were outraged that alcohol was forbidden. Even with the law forbidding all alcohol, the consumption levels didn’t decrease drastically. The only change was that drinking was all done underground; countless young adults constantly sneaked around the law to obtain a few drinks. Although individuals over the age of twenty can obtain alcohol, not much has changed; eighteen to twenty year olds still frequently sneak around. To fix this problem, some people believe that the United States should lower the drinking age because the wait until the magical twenty- first birthday to drink is absurd and contributes to the reason why the U.S. contains a plethora of underage drinkers.
“It saves lives by preventing alcohol-related traffic fatalities among 18-20-year-olds and the rest of the population” (Kindelberger, 2005). Although this may be partly true, it is obvious that this law does not keep many young people safe. It is almost impossible to stop minors from getting together at a house and drinking. If eighteen-year old’s were allowed to drink, they would not have to go to extreme measures and get involved in reckless behavior to achieve their alcohol desires. John McCardell (retired president of Middlebury College in VA) proposes a compromise to the drinking age.
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 Abuse and Youth” 1) While underage drinking is a legitimate problem, it should be mainly the responsibility of the parents to decide whether their child should drink. But if allowed, it should be in a closely supervised place. Teen drinking remains problematic with one-third of American youth consuming alcohol on a regular basis since the government outlawed the consumption of alcohol by anyone underage twenty-one on 1984. Some regulators say that making the federal minimum drinking age twenty-one has made alcohol a “forbidden fruit... ... middle of paper ... ...Drug Rehab Treatment Centers. 2 Dec. 2009. http://www.drugrehabtreatment.com/girlswhoparty.html.
What would one suspect happen to the business? Wouldn't one expect for them to lose their liquor license? On the contrary, these businesses were given probation without so much as a fine. Also, even if the person under 21 cannot go buy the alcohol himself because he is refused by a merchant, he can find an adult and give them the money needed to purchase the alcohol and have them purchase it for them. This is especially active around college campuses, where it seems to be an accepted practice for seniors, who are generally over 21, to go and purchase the alcohol for the underage drinker.
Parents should teach teens how to drink responsibly, to reduce the problems related to binge drinking among adolescents (Balkin, and Szumski 44). CASA’s president, Joseph Califano, states that minors make up over a quarter of alcohol consumption. This is impossible, for it to be accurate everyone between the ages of twelve to twenty would be drinking two alcoholic beverages a day. The survey CASA was viewing is flawed; thirty eight percent of the surveyors were in the age group twelve to twenty, but that age group only makes up fifteen percent of the population in the United States. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has figured out that only 11.4 percent of alcohol consumpti... ... middle of paper ... ... Jewish communities the alcohol dependence rate is extremely low.
Most teenagers want the drinking age lowered to 18. If people can go off and die for there home country, they should be able to have a drink of alcohol. “According to a report published by CNN, back in the 1970s, when the government lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, many states followed up by lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18” (Drinking Age 21). According to Drinking Age 21, around 4,700 deaths per year. The reason for the drinking age being raised back to 21 is in part of the Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (Drinking Age 21).
While the opponents debated that by age 21 you will be more responsible and you can experience precisely what harms you. Agreeing to a national study, 77% of the Americans oppose lowering the minimum age and 22% favorable to decrease it to 18. Drinking at a young age could lead to an early death or crimes which would affect the society due to lack of education, less awareness about self-control and life managements. Drinking alcohol under the age of 21 considered illegal all over the United States, but a few states... ... middle of paper ... ...reasing the skilled workforce and managing the natural resources. Granting to the centers for disease control and prevention that alcohol considered that the greatest contributor to death cases among young people.