Good morning, my speech is entitled ____. Drinking runs rampant across college campuses, and despite the age restriction mandated by the law, young adults still choose to drink under the age 21. They go to fraternity houses and private apartments, locked dorm rooms and house parties, safe from the prying eyes of authority. Unmonitored and unsupervised, these individuals are more prone to extreme and binge drinking, some of the leading causes of alcohol-related deaths.
Drinking is an easy way to rebel against parents and the law while still having fun. Considering that drinking is illegal for those under twenty-one, situations involving underage drinking will most likely take place in dorm rooms or basements, where the chances of getting caught are less. The goal in these conditions is to get drunk as quickly as possible, cultivating binge drinking which creates a high risk and dangerous environment. Sol Israel a twenty-year-old American studying in Canada shares how eighteen year olds and up treat drinking completely different in the two countries. Israel says, “We 're drinking as part of socializing instead of drinking just to get drunk, which is what tends to happen in the United States when kids flout authority.
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?”
Furthermore, Assault weapons should not be banned because previous bans were not effective, citizens would not be able to protect themselves, and criminals would still find weapons to use. First of all, Assault weapons should not be banned because of previous bans have not been effective. The crime rates hardly decreased in 1994 when the first AWB was put into action. For Example, in the article, “Do Local Assault Weapon Bans Work?” written
However, the real question of debates lies in whether or not the criminal justice system’s primary purpose is efficiency or justice. Is time and money saved more valuable than truth and human life? Even if abolition can’t be implemented entirely, is it not worth implementing at all? For example, current US alcohol laws dictate that people must be twenty-one years or older to drink, however, young people still find ways to obtain alcohol. Even if young people can obtain alcohol, does that mean our system shouldn’t try to restrict it at all and provide it freely?
Is consuming alcohol evil? Today alcohol is almost regularly consumed like water but we do take the necessarily precautions in order avoid disasters. Such as the age of consumption which is 21 and over, and we have laws against driving under the influence. Although tragic accidents have occurred because of the consumption of alcohol yet most American citizens would not necessarily call alcohol evil.
Alcohol Age Limit Would you rather the drinking age limit be lower, higher, or does it even matter? The legal drinking age limit should stay at 21, it is a pretty mature age to handle alcohol and the age limit is always changing. Under aged kids always find a way to obtain alcohol, and often times parents do not care and they’ll buy their kids alcoholic drinks. Does this law really change anything?
The studies show that after implementation of this restriction, the number of drunken driving cases with lethal outcomes, the number of homicides and suicides as well as injuries among people in the category of 18-20 was reduced. This is claimed to be the result of a working law on limitations. However, even from the economical point of view, the deaths that would be caused by the removal of age restriction to the point of 18 would cost more than the benefits that would be gained from such actions. There is even more to mention. Despite the fact that the legal limitation on alcohol consumption is acting throughout the whole country, the “right to set any drinking age remains in the states' control” (Choose Responsibility) so that the age index may vary.
Alcohol is arguably the most abusive drug for teenagers. The legal drinking age must remain at 21 years of age because it puts teenagers at risk of making poor decisions. I have no personal experiences with underage drinking so I cannot relate. I have decent knowledge on underage drinking and that is to only drink in environments people can function in. Drinking affects all ages of society and that is why the legal drinking age should be 21 years of age.
Now people are think about raising the driving age to 18, but that won’t help. Raising the driving age just because of idiotic decisions made by teens. They should enforce the laws and making them stricter and safer. First of all, the real threat to the driver is the temptations and distractions that happen in the vehicle. Karen Sternheimer says, "The intense focus on teens diverts our attention from the real threats to public safety: speeding and driving while intoxicated" (CBS).
Only if the taboo is eliminated, can the thrill element be decreased further leading to less consumption of alcohol by 18 year olds. Prohibition of drinking by 18 years old in public places can lead them to induce in them the tendency to be forced to drink in non-administered settings like parties. If the age limit is lowered, at least they will be freer to drink in a regulated environment. Cons: Moving to the other side of this, looking at the cons we can say that lowering of the drinking age can lead to more incidences of crimes related to alcohol that may be fatal in nature.
Military and put their lives on the line, but still cannot purchase an alcoholic beverage. When in the military the legal drinking age is the same as the state they are located in, but it was not always like this. In the article “Drinking Age in the Military” it was stated that, “In the mid-80s, advocacy groups, such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunken Drivers) lobbied Congress to change this. Federal law (United States Code, Title 10, Section 2683) requires military installation commanders to adopt the same drinking age as the state the military base is located in” (Powers). Most individuals would agree that once you join the military you have a lot more responsibilities and become more mature.
“There are also arguments that young people shouldn 't be in a rush to drink--waiting three more years isn 't much of an inconvenience-and of course, the safety factor” (“Lowering Drinking Age Limit to 18”). Many who are against the whole idea of changing the drinking age to eighteen often have the arguments such as the safety of their loved ones and others. A statistic says that 25,000 lives have been saved because of the drinking age being twenty-one and it continues to prevent tragedies while car crashes are being decreased by 16%. (“Lowering Drinking Age Limit to 18”) Many car crashes are due to drunk driving, and having young adults at the age of eighteen allowed to buy and drink alcohol can lead to new drivers making wrong decisions on the road.
The Injustices of the Drinking Age The drinking age in the US was changed from 21 to 18 to solve the problems it had caused when it the legal age was 18, however, instead of fixing these problems, the new age has just covered them up and is causing further trouble. “The change of drinking age to 18 in 1971 was quickly changed back to 21 by 1984 to counter-act the epidemic of drunk driving accidents that it had caused” (“Lowering”.). The drinking age in the US should be lowered to 18 because it would increase the safety and health in teens.
Although lowering the legal drinking age might give teenagers a chance at enjoying alcoholic beverages, the consequences are not worth the temporary pleasure. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are short and long term costs of choosing to drink alcohol. The short term risks include: careless injuries, violence, unprotected sexual behavior, and alcohol poisoning. The long term risks include: heart and liver disease, cancer in multiple parts of the body, memory loss, depression or anxiety, and alcohol dependence (www.cdc.gov). Raising the legal drinking age will provide safer roads and less damage to the consumers and their fellow peers.