Robert Voas states teen pregnancy, sexual assaults, and crime rates have increased due to underage drinking. Alcohol consumption at a college age leads to 600,000 physical assaults and 70,000 sexual assaults yearly according to a study (464). Joyce Alcantara claims if the age were lowered back to eighteen then it would put younger teens at risk (468). People tend to have friends around their same age. So, if eighteen year olds were allowed to drink then their friends which are roughly around the age of sixteen or seventeen would likely have an alcoholic drink in their hand as well. “There’s No Benefit to Lowering the Drinking Age” explains, on average about eleven teens die daily as a result of drunk driving (Voas 464). When teens throw a party, alcohol is usually involved. Then once the party is over the kids have to get home somehow and they often drive themselves. When an alcoholic drink is placed in an eighteen-year-old hand decisions are made that harm them and others
Should the United States lower the legal drinking age, which is now twenty-one, to a more reasonable age, such as eighteen. The legal drinking age is unjust and unfair. Therefore, it should be lowered to eighteen to make all adults equal. Individuals often compare drinking with unsuccessfulness and/or recklessness, and that is not the case at all. Overtime there have been millions of successful and intelligent people that commonly consumed alcohol. Some of these individuals include; Mark Twain, Stephen King, and our founding father Benjamin Franklin.
and adults should have the right to make their own decisions about alcohol consumption. I feel that this is a good argument but, this is what I say, while eighteen year olds have the right to vote, in many others respects they have not reached adulthood. Biologically, their brains are still developing, few support themselves economically, and most importantly many lack the emotional maturity and judgement to use alcohol safely (Drinking Age). Even though they are old enough to fight for our country is doesn’t mean they are mature enough to handle alcohol correctly. Especially when he or she is put in stressful environments. It can cause depression and he or she can develop criminal behavior which can lead to death. It has been shown that when the drinking age is lowered teens increase drinking. When Arizona lowered their age to nineteen, teenage drinking increased by thirty-five percent. Car accidents have been known to come from alcohol and research has proven that with the age being twenty-one, suicides, DUIS, and crime rate have decreased
In conclusion the drinking age has its pros and cons, but the drinking age should be lowered to the age of 18 for many reasons. Canada's legal drinking age is 18 years old and they have low alcohol problems. The controversial topic brings many opinions, Should the drinking age be lowered ? Many people see it different ways and bring up good points but in many places in the world the drinking age is 18 and I agree that the united states should lower the drinking
I am in favor of lowering the drinking age to 18 because many people say that at the age of 18 you are immature. Immaturity can be at any age, I would say that it all depends in the way children are raised at home and grow up to be responsible to know what life has to bring. Many young people grown up with their family drinking and learn from them in how to be responsible when they drink. I would say
People have said that if the drinking age was lowered it was lower the risk of everything else that is happening with alcohol problems. For example, more than one hundred and thirty people have signed a petition initiated in the 2008 in support of the idea. Since the mid 1930’s, the legal drinking age in the United States has been set at twenty-one. At some point there was no uniform drinking age, with some states choosing eighteen, nineteen and even twenty as the legal age for drinking. Back then, it was safe to drink because everyone knew everyone. There wasn’t random places to have a party it was where everyone was safe. For instance, in this generation, finding a place to party in takes time. You need to find a stable place, but instead of that, people find somewhere out of town, like out in the bad land. The scary part is, not everywhere has service. So who do you call in case of an emergency? Some many people die due to dangerous environments. I honestly truly believe that that by lowering the drinking age, you could possibly reduce that.
The effects alcohol takes on the brain is the only “downside” to lowering the drinking age, but if used responsibly it 's not that big of a problem. Responsibility is one of the keywords to remember when consuming alcohol. Anything could happen when you 're under the influence, death, rape, and many more life-altering occurrences. One huge potential life-altering thing that could happen to you is brain damage. Drinking at a younger age increases the risk of brain damage. This is the only potentially bad risk that comes with drinking, but if consumed responsibly it will be okay
It’s true there are always teens who defy the law and drink. If we lower the age it will only encourage underage drinkers. If they start young it’s easier to become addicted and harder to fight. It’s believed that other countries teach teenagers how to use alcohol more responsibly and that the family setting it’s used in helps regulate their intake. This is false, other countries deal with more issues with teenagers drinking than America. A greater percentage of teenagers in European countries reported having been intoxicated in the last 30 days, most teens admit to be intoxicated before the age of 13, and their teenager intoxication rates are much higher. Bettina Friese and Joel W. Grube, “Youth Drinking Rates and Problems: A Comparison of European Countries and the United States.” Prevention Research Center Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, PDF. There is no reason we should lower the drinking age except to open malicious opportunities to teenagers and support a poison. Younger people become addicted and affected more easily than adults. America decided to do things differently than other countries for a reason.
One main point that is argued is that younger brains are more susceptible to alcohol consumption and by lowering the drinking age, it would be approving the damage that alcohol causes in the developing brain. Emotional development, organization, and planning are all affected by alcohol consumption. Though it’s true that kids will still likely drink, that doesn’t mean society needs to approve of that decision. Another argument that is used is that more people drinking could create more unsafe environments. When people have too much alcohol, their decision-making skills are extensively lowered. This can lead to fights, unsafe sex, and other irrational and sometimes life threatening behaviors that could carry lifetime consequences. A third and very strong point is that there would be easier access to alcohol. Some kids who are 18 aren’t even out of high school yet. Because they would be legally allowed to purchase alcohol, there is likelihood that they would then provide this to their friends who may be underage, therefore increasing underage access to alcohol. In those countries that allow drinking at 18, although the death tolls from drunken driving is lower, there is a high illegal drinking population in those as young as
Do you know drinking is fatal to only to 19 or a younger age? Should the drinking age be lowered from 19 to a younger age? CONS. We should not drink when you are under the drinking age law. Drinking can be all over the world to many countries. With all due respect, I truly think that the drinking age should not be lowered to 19. In my perspective drinking is bad for everyone. Drinking is dangerous to everyone. I am going to explain why not to drink through health issues, younger age people and not to drink and drive.
Accustomed to such inconsistent treatment. ……young people are bombarded with mixed signals about the scope of their rights and the depth of their responsibilities. And most of those mixed signals come from the laws of state and local government.” (Governing.com Page 1) These confusing laws make nothing easier and in fact they make young people’s lives more difficult. My opinion on the whole situation is that the drinking age should be lowered because of binge drinking. Since the drinking age has been twenty-one it has not stopped underage teens for drinking and has actually caused more problems. Binge drinking has especially been caught in college. With the mix of ages ranging anywhere from around 17-24 years old it’s easy for teens to fall under peer pressure. The opposing side to this argument says however that lowering the drinking age would be...”Pushing the drinking problem further down to 16-and 17-year olds.” However there is another problem with the law of the drinking age being
In fact, the law may increase the amount of eighteen to twenty year olds who do drink. It has been shown that, especially in college-age students, there is a tendency to not do what they are told, on the contrary, they will do the exact opposite. The problem with the drinking age being twenty-one is that some students drink purely out of defiance). The number of fatalities is down in all age groups, not just teenagers, and cars driven now are much safer than the cars that were being driven in the early 1980’s, and teenagers are much safer drivers, which can be attributed to the decreased amount of fatalities. Also, in other countries that have lower drinking ages, the number of fatalities has
Parents can teach their children how to drink responsibly. Normalizing alcohol consumption as something done responsibly in moderation will make drinking alcohol less of a taboo for young adults entering college. By lowering the drinking age, adults could openly model responsible drinking in establishments and at parties and irresponsible behavior would be discouraged. If the risks of alcohol were advertised more, it would remind people to drink responsibly.
This past summer I was out to lunch with my mother. As the mature adolescent I am, I asked her to by me a beer so I could enjoy my food. She obliged, and we enjoyed our lunch with little commotion. Towards the end of our meal, the restaurant manager came up to me and asked if I was 21. Instead of lying and having to go through a whole conversation with the manager, I said “no, I am 18”. Before I could even finish that sentence, the manager took my drink, and told my mother that she should have known better. This really made me quite frustrated and I began to ask my self more and more since then “why can’t I legally drink yet? If I am allowed to vote and serve for my country at 18, why can’t I drink legally at 18?” Thus begins the question that