Should the U.S. Legal Drinking Age be lowered from 21 to 18 Years of Age? Alcohol is considered the drug of choice for many American youth. Statistics provide that there are more than 10.1 million underage drinkers in the U.S. with 85 percent of college students and 72 percent of 12 graders having tried alcohol. As a result, underage drinking contributes to death from injuries, increases the risk of sexual and physical assault, as well as playing a role in risky sexual behavior. However, there have been increasing debates over whether the minimum legal drinking age should be reduced from 21 years to 18 years.
Last year’s figures show that three quarters of them got drunk, one in five passed out and a quarter of them injured themselves during the schoolies week. A more detailed survey was conducted in 2011 with the results being; 73.6% had been drunk, 37.6% had a hangover, 29.6% had sex, 16.8% had sex without a condom, 4.4% injected a drug, 3.5% shared a needle or syringe, 6.3% had driven a car while under the influence of alcohol, 10.6% had been in a car with a drunk driver, 24.8% vomited due to drinking, 6.1% vomited due to taking drugs, 18% passed out due to drinking, 6.9% passed out due to taking drugs, 26.5% had been injured or hurt, 14.2% had been in a fight, 13.1% had been sexually harassed, 15.6% had been cautioned by the police. An information expo was held by our year 12 health class. The topic
In the article The Problem of Underage Drinking and What Parents Can Do Heidi Stevens says that most of the deaths are because of consumption of alcohol “excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year” (Stevens 4). Drinking has lead to many problems,
Some signs of violent behavior are talking about violence, especially violent towards people ( HEALTHWISE STAFF). Underage drinking, there are some signs that you can tell if they are drinking like if they start to threaten you or talk about violence. The possibility of teen violence can increase in weeks or months ( HEALTHWISE STAFF). If the teens keep on drinking on a daily basis, you can tell if they start acting more violently and sometimes it will take them a while like weeks or months to start acting like that. Underage drinkers can cause violence or threaten you or talk about it and take a couple of weeks or months to see the
1.6 Alcohol relapse Alcohol relapse is the situation in which the person is returning to the previous pattern of alcohol use usually followed by the period of abstinence. Many studies have documented high rates of relapse upto 65-80 percent in the first year of treatment among substance dependents(Vyas and Ahuja 2008).It is a perplexing situation among the substance abusers. Eventhough there are dramatic advancements in the treatment modalities, client compliance is generally poor and response to a drug or alcoholic use is a common occurrence (Kumar, 2014). The major research finding of substance dependence treatment outcome is relapse with approximately 66 percent returning to drinking by the 90th day follow-up assessment. However a variety
Every 4 minutes, a child is arrested for drug use. By the end of eighth grade, 52% have tasted alcohol, 41% have smoked cigarettes at least once, and 20% have tried marijuana. Those are scary numbers for kids under 13. Cigarettes contain Nicotine which is highly addictive. It increases the heart rate, causes the blood vessels to narrow, and makes the heart work harder, Chewing tobacco makes the teeth loosen and causes gum disease, white spots appear in your mouth, and tooth decays.
Over twenty percent of the sexually active students in the United States “had drunk alcohol or used drugs before last sexual intercourse” (Kann et al.) With the increased sexual activity that accompanies sexual content in media, comes increased drug use. That increased drug use, in turn, leads to increased sexual activity, a never ending cycle of delinquency. The Center for Disease Control and United States Department of Health and Human Services uphold the correlation in a study saying that “alcohol and other drug use is associated with sexual behaviors” (Kann et al.). The drug use associated with sexual activity is bad for students, with quality of life being significantly lower in abusers of opiates and other drugs (Maeyer et al.)
An astonishing 50% of drugs involving adolescents are either used, bought, or sold at their school(Monitoring the Future). This startling statistic proves to many parents and adults how difficult it is to protect any child from drugs. Half of all adolescents access these harmful drugs such as marijuana, heroin, nicotine, and flavored pods to add to their vaping pens at school. Over 48% of twelfth graders, 34% percent of tenth graders, and a little over 17% of eighth graders are using any type of illicit drug. Though the number of adolescents using heroin has dropped in the past year by .10%, the percent of adolescents using crack cocaine has gone up .30% since 2015 (Monitoring the Future Vol. 1).
It reveals the percent of students in a fraternity or sorority, actively involved or not, involved in binge-drinking episodes over the past two weeks. They studied binge drinking incidents and how often they binge drink (defined as having five or more drinks in a row), the average number of alcoholic drinks they consumed per week, the adverse consequences they had experienced in the previous year due to alcohol or other drug use, and the beliefs they hold regarding alcohol. Situations also recorded were average weekly alcohol consumption, hangovers, fights caused, and blackouts. Along with these statistics, beliefs were also recorded and there was a clear connection between alcohol and sexuality. Many believe that drinking alcohol makes it easier to create new friendships and new sexual opportunity.
First, the highest percentage of drunk driving which is mostly done by young adults between the ages of 21 and 24, is 30%. This means that drunk driving is a big problem for younger adults. According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), a person who has been arrested for drunk driving will drive approximately 80 times before their first arrest! This statistic explains that someone has been able to drive around drunk almost 80 times before getting caught and it is scary to think that I may have shared the road with drunk driver while driving with my family.
The Higher Education of Drinking College is a place for higher learning. It is a time when young adults are exploring themselves as individuals, expanding not only their academic horizons but for many, it’s their first time being on their own socially. Young adults find themselves making many decisions. These choices involve attending class, completing assignments and possibly engaging in behaviors that could impact their own personal health and safety. Sometimes they are faced with decisions that involve the use of various substances including alcohol.
“The state of kids publishing is such that it’s perfectly reasonable to be concerned about what agenda-driven and/or prurient content they’re peddling.” (Hemingway) This means it is very reasonable for everyone to be concerned about what the kids and young adults are reading. If parents are not concerned about what their child is reading, their child will follow many bad influences from books they have read. There are many influential books such as The Outsiders, by S.E Hinton that should be banned.
When books are banned, it illustrates a refusal of the censors to look at the world with open eyes; they close their eyes like they closed the banned book. Banning books divulges more about the censor than the book or the author brought into the limelight. Those who advocate banning books do so far variety of reason, usually inappropriate language and/or social situations, based on the perceived maturity of the reader. The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian covers three of the heated issues of this era which are racism, bullying, and alcoholism. Through the medium of this book, Sherman Alexie was trying to acknowledge the society from a young age and set their minds not to follow any of these and books make is easier to achieved this.
21 and older: not younger Image being called at midnight being told your child died in a car accident because of a drunk driver. As a matter of fact, an estimated of 5,000 people under the age of twenty-one die every year from drunk driving (NIH). Why would we allow more younger groups of people to drink, if they have already shown that they are irresponsible? The drinking age should not be lowered to eighteen because it encourages reckless behavior, causes developmental issues, and teenagers are not mature enough.