Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) advocated that in all 50 states the legal drinking age must be raised to 21 years of age, or suffer the loss of 10% of highway funds (Daniloff). Former President Ronald Reagan signed off on the National Minimum Drinking Age Act in 1984, and in turn the rest of the United States had to face the repercussions. Contrary to stereotypical opinions, like the position of the organization MADD, alcohol can give the user many health benefits - if used responsibly. Lowering the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) from 21 to 18 despite popular public opinion does not negatively impact society, and can in fact contribute to young adults’ growth and maturity into adulthood. When a person reaches the age of 18, it is considered the first step in becoming a full-fledged adult, which entails making important decisions regarding themselves, and others on their own.
P.J. O 'Rourke said it best when he said, "Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we 're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn 't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power." Since 1984, every state in the United States has raised the drinking age from 18 to 21 in an attempt to control 18-21 year-olds. This writer disagrees with the law.
Finally, I believe that tougher DUI laws should be enacted. For starters, people forget how many innocent people get killed by drunk drivers. People are not taking it into consideration, that tougher DUI laws are to help people from getting injured and or killed. Firstly, one very important precaution that many people forget to consider, is how they are going to get home after they have been drinking. Jacey Fortin journalist for the New York Times Newspaper, shares that, alcohol related car accidents were reduced as much as 35% in New York when Uber was brought to town in 2011 (Fortin).
In the United States you must be 21 to have a alcoholic drink, but each state is different if you are cought under age drinking. In Texas they have a zero- tolerance law, where if you are under 21 and driving while under the influence, you go to jail. If you travel out of the country the age limit is a wide variety. In Canada half of the countries legal drinking age is 18 but on the other side of the country you must be 19 to drink. If you travel across the ocean to France their age requirement is much lower than the United States.
Controversial Argumentative Essay Many people would agree with the claim that the passing of the National Minimum Drinking Age act was the responsible and moral decision to make. Since then, it has lowered drunk driving fatalities by 51% and the total of all traffic accidents by 20%. It has even managed to help make intoxication calls for hospitals less common. However, despite these great improvements for the fight towards traffic accidents and irresponsible drinking habits, it has ironically caused more harm than good towards our society in terms of the benefit of our economy, our constitutional rights as Americans, and the safety of young adults. It would be understandable to view the lowering of the current legal drinking age as irresponsible but it would also be unwise to try to fix one problem only to create more.
Lowering the drinking age: risky or safe? When teenagers turn 18, they are told that they are adults and are sent into the world. They go to college, get a job, marry or join the military. They do grown-up things like vote, pay taxes and become parents, but they can 't go to the bar for a beer. When it comes to alcohol they are still just kids.
The truth of the matter is it does the opposite and needs to be banned. One reason why Curfew should be eliminated is it targets the wrong people. Experts have said that little criminal activity happens overnight which proves that most of the kids that are being kept inside are not looking to break any laws. In Ferguson and Baltimore police blamed teens for most of the problems but their logs showed that most
He also shows that 18 year olds can vote and go to fight in wars but they can’t drink beer. This along with many reasons is why we should treat 18 year olds as adults and trust them to be responsible and make good decisions. Some laws concerning minors don’t make sense. This is shown in the article “What is The Age of Responsibility?” by Alan Greenblatt where he states that the age difference the laws enforced were so confusing even “ military personnel … wonder why they can fight in wars but not go to bars”(1). This evidence supports that some laws allow you to get hurt or die even and others don’t allow you to do something that can cause less damage.
The drinking age should be lowered because most teens drink in college and in the first few years they are not legally old enough to drink. However, most college students drink anyways either from societal pressure or the enticement of rebellion. Most countries set their drinking age at 18 and they do not have a problem with irresponsible drinking because alcohol is not seen as, “a poison or a magic potent”(Engs 7). In addition, there is little social pressure to drink, unruly behavior is not tolerated, and young people learn at home from their parents and other trusted adults how to handle alcohol. Another problem with irresponsible drinking by underage youth is the lack of education.
Dwight Heath, a professor of Anthropology at Brown University who has penned many articles about how cultures perceive alcohol, states, “In general, the younger people start to drink the safer they are. Alcohol has no mystique. It’s no big deal.” He affirms that when the legal drinking age is 21 “there’s something of the ‘forbidden fruit’