The functionalist perspective argue that society provides us with norms or guidelines (Leon-Guerrero 2014). There can be shown a difference of the way people expect to behave when drinking. According to Caetano, Clark, and Tam, people who lack norms to control their behavior, they are likely to purse self-destructive behaviors such as alcohol abuse (Leon-Guerrero 2014). For instance, doctors warn about the dangers of alcohol use and even advertisers promote the use of alcohol and the affects. Yet we still drink no matter what the causes are.
• Who are the Lobbyist? Lobbyist are always been know as the “pressure groups”,they can be an individual or even a group that has interest on the subject discussed. The lobbyist will always try to influence on their side the final decisions of the government.
If young Australian who are under the age of 21 are drinking alcohol, it is too soon, too much and too risky for them. Therefore, the legal drinking age in Australia should be 21 years of age. Something that many Australian have forgotten is that all Australian states had an age of 21 drinking law in the late 60s, and that law was reduced to 18. When the age was reduced, Australian actually started to experience the rising rates of youth alcohol problems and more deaths on the road. Alcohol can have toxic effects on young people 's body.
Normalizing the drinking of alcohol results in increasing alcohol consumption among young people. As Australia has a strong drinking culture, youth drinking is a common social attitude to fit into the culture. According to The Cabin Sydney (2015), 42% of young adults claim that they do not need to show identification while buying alcoholic liquor and 38% report that they can easily get access to a bar or pub without presenting their proper identification to prove they are over the drinking age. This evidence shows that most of the people are not only accepted but also expected youth to drink. In addition, young people need to drink during special occasions.
Having a couple of drinks with friends after a long day at work seems to be okay. At first, it is just one then before you know it you have had three beers. Three beers? It does not seem like a big number. You should be okay to drive?
When I was a teenager, the cool thing to do was hang out with friends, party, and drink alcohol, so I thought. My friends and I would tend to follow the crowd and it seemed to always lead to trouble. I was only 14 years old the night it all began. At the time, I could not drive so my friends came and picked me up, we all went to a house party and alcohol was there. Because we were senseless and easily influenced, we decided to try some to fit in.
SOCIAL DRINKING: A COOL TREND OR A RISKY POLICY? PRAKTA KATWARE (170201088) Drinking is a very common social activity, and for millennia, people have relished alcohol as a social lubricant. It is the most common way of reducing stress amongst corporate workers.
Most young adults in the United States cannot wait to turn 21, so they can drink alcohol, but not this girl. I was from a smaller community and rarely ventured farther than the rusted barb wire fences of my families ranch. However, shortly after my 21st birthday life began to change. Applications got submitted, then came interviews, tests and more interviews. “You’re hired” said a voice on the other end of the phone.
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.
During the 1800’s, American citizens started reform movements in an attempt to help make the country a better place. One of the most important movements was the temperance movement. The temperance movement was in between the years of 1830-1840 and focused on eliminating the use of alcoholic beverages. During this time, alcohol was causing more problems than any other behavior; like crime, disorder, and poverty. This resulted in many social changes, for example, the rise of industrial production and breakdown of apprentice system.
The Natural Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 has effectively established the drinking age to be 21 in order to drink alcohol in all fifty states. According to the National Minimum Drinking Age Act this law has saved 17,000 on the highways since 1988, and I believe this law should remain. 18-year-olds should not be allowed to drink. At the age of 18 one should not be allowed to drink alcohol because of the maturity level, increasing rates of car accidents and alcohol poisoning. Of course, many will disagree on the grounds of twenty-one being the age to purchase alcohol.
The public agrees 72 percent of adults think that lowering the drinking age would make alcohol more accessible to kids, and nearly half think that it would increase binge drinking among teens. Lowering the drinking age would worsen the problems of underage and binge drinking. Advocates often point out that if a young adult is old enough to go to war and vote, he should have the power to imbibe alcoholic beverages. Does society think we should lower or higher the drinking age? Research indicates that when the minimum legal drinking age is 21, people under age 21 drink less overall and continue to do so through their early 20s.