But while it has succeeded in that, it is also believed that tougher rules, such as DUI rules and seatbelt safety rules have also played a part in this decrease. However, this higher drinking age hasn’t reduced drinking, its only “driven it underground,” Gabrielle Glaser states in her NY Times article. It has been driven underground to the riskiest settings, high school parties and frat parties that are unsupervised. This age raise segregates the drinking away from adults that can model moderation in drinking. If an 18-year-old high school senior is shown by his/her parent(s) how to drink responsibly and in moderation, I believe that it would greatly help in reducing the chance of making bad decisions by overdoing it, such as driving while drinking.
The main purpose of setting the Minimum Legal Drinking Age at 21 is to provide safety for the public, which should be the primary responsibility of the government. Despite popular belief, the drinking age was not only set to prevent teens from drinking and making bad decisions. It was set at 21 years because teenagers can develop serious health issues from consuming
After 3 years of demonstrating that they can abide alcohol laws and handle alcohol safely, then could then officially receive their licence and earn the same drinking rights as 21 year olds do now. Not only would this benefit young adults, it could benefit our communities by requiring a renewal fee, forcing those who can’t afford the fee, perhaps the homeless, not to purchase alcohol. Junior Sammy Mendoza, when asked about her opinion of the drinking license, said “In my opinion, drinking accidents and bad situations all stem from the lack of knowledge surrounding alcohol. With young adults being properly educated on how to consume alcohol safely, perhaps there would be less alcohol caused crimes and incidents.” Of course this is not going to prevent every single alcohol related death, but it is one way to start. The current alcohol laws both statewide and nationwide, prove unsuccessful and a more efficient way to handle the situation is to educate teens about alcohol to influence them to make wise
Drugs such as alcohol have an effect on all users, regardless of their age; however, alcohol has an especially harmful effect on teens since their bodies are still developing. Studies have shown that alcohol has numerous negative effects on a teen’s body and mental health; for example, a study conducted by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention stated that “alcohol consumption affects the brain’s frontal lobes, which is essential for functions such as emotional regulations, planning, and organization” (“Age”). Teens already have high emotions and difficulties planning and organizing; alcohol will only enhance teens’ struggle. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention also found that alcohol consumption at a young age can potentially cause chronic problems such as memory loss, depression, suicidal thoughts, and poor decision making (“Age”). Teens have a difficult enough time making decisions and organizing their lives, but adding alcohol to the mix will only make matters worse; their bodies are still developing, and they are still learning to be adults.
She states, “Why expect 21-year-olds to learn how to drink responsibly without learning from moderate models, at home and in alcohol education programs?” (Glaser par. 6). I believe that educating people on alcohol is one of the most fundamentally solid ways of being more safe around alcohol, lowering the age will give more people this opportunity. While some may not have a responsible guardian to turn to the many that do will result positively in the number of fatalities due to
As previously stated, not everyone in the United States wants to completely disappear the second amendment of the constitution. As we know that Texas is one of the states that is on favor of gun rights, and is less likely to get strict gun control laws. Teachers in elementary schools have the opportunity to share the importance of safety against any attacks to their elementary schools to young students. Parents have also the opportunity to approve for teachers to teach about these topics. If parents continue to ask for these teachings to help their children realize the importance of these safety educational topics, districts of these elementary schools will begging to hear the controversy, so will the government eventually.
Having the legal drinking age at 21 is actually counterproductive in stopping teenagers and college students from drinking. In fact, it results in underage drinkers consuming even more alcohol. Since they don’t know when’s the next time they can get their hands on alcohol, they are more inclined to binge drink as much alcohol as they can. This massive consumption of alcohol in a short amount of time can lead to a lethal overdose or lethal accident such as drunk driving. If people were not afraid of being denied their alcohol, then they would not take such risks and would rather drink at a moderate pace.
A school can have a perfect policy, but if they neglect to enforce it, the policy becomes useless. Ultimately, this is Carleton’s biggest problem. If the administration at Carleton were to seriously consider how to decrease alcohol consumption they would not have to adjust much in their policy. While the administration has put in place many useful policies with the purpose of keeping students safe, they fail to adequately enforce them. Thus, they are leaving students vulnerable to the dangers of drinking when the school could easily protect them.
Lowering these distractions in the hallways will also dismiss academic distractions. It has the possibility to boost gpas. Removing students preforming these acts will also improve student’s mindset, who do not perform these acts. Lessening tension felt in school by reducing stressed students from dangerous people or the possibility of being peer pressured into drugs. This will over all improve the function of the school, and its popularity among students who only want to go to school for an education.