This is simply because Alcohol can put people in danger. Drunk driving seems to be a black spot of our civilization. An average of 17,000 individuals die each year in drunk driving related accidents, and drunk driving continues to be an enormously important public safety issue (MADD). With lowering this drinking age we can only expect more cases of drunk driving and more lives are put in danger. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that about 900 lives are saved annually due to fewer alcohol-related traffic crashes involving underage drivers.
If the drinking age is lowered, it will just increase the amount of illegal and unsupervised drinking going on in the nation. Also, lowering the drinking age will cause more car accidents and other types of accidents with younger teenagers. Teenagers will get into cars with their friends to go places, and this can end up badly if the driver has been drinking. Some teenagers can not drive so if they get into cars with their 18-year-old friends who can drink, car accidents are bound to happen. Not many 15-16-year-olds are friends with 21+-year-olds, so this is not as big of a problem currently.
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.
Over the last twenty-two years, there have been more than 130,000 fatal teen crashes. Though these teenagers are legal, trained drivers, what is a solution to reduce the number of lives lost due to these lethal car crashes? Scientists believe that the solution to reducing the amount of deaths would be to raise the driving age and enforce stricter driving laws. Parents, however, are against raising the driving age as they would have to drive their teenager to the movies for a longer period of time. Thus, the driving age should be raised to twenty due to the maturity of people’s brains and understanding of consequences rather than depending on emotions and desires.
“Over 190,000 underage people visited emergency rooms for alcohol related injuries in 2008” (“Underage Drinking” 2). This problem can be fixed, however. If the law was changed to 18 and restaurants and bars accepted this age group where mature and responsible drinking is expected, the amount of unsafe drinking activity would decrease. This would also diminish the thrill of breaking the law to get drunk. Normalizing alcohol consumption as something done responsible would make drinking alcohol less of a thrill for young adults entering college and workforce settings.
There's others that have a opinion that the drinking age should be lowered to 18. Many of this reasons that i am going to talk about being why the drinking age should be lowered to 18. To start with many colleges and universities often argue that the legal drinking age should be 18 because outlawing alcohol consumption in the colleges for those under 21 has caused many serious problems in many campuses. These colleges and universities say that allowing alcohol consumption legally might help cut cut down many rapes and deaths of this college students who are binge drinking. If they were to lowered the drinking age from 21 to 18 will irresponsibly allow a greater segment of the population to drink alcohol in bars and nightclubs, which not means safe environments.
If people aged 18 years old are allowed to consume alcohol legally, they would not consider breaking the law just to get their way, or even try to prove a point. This may cause a problem with younger people aged below 18, but that is another story. This can also lower the high rate of non-compliance with MLDA 21, where teenagers tend to get creative, procuring fake IDs and deliberately disrespecting the law. List of Cons of Lowering the Drinking Age Health
I wanted to speak about an issue that affects me, and being that I’m a teenager, it does. My proposal for this issue is to change the drinking age to 18 but if this is too arduous to make that leap to 18, at least make it 19 or 20. I think 21 is too long of a gap to make it legal when most teenagers are already exposed to it. Teenagers deal with a lot of stress, whether they are in college or working, they need a stress reliever. Drinking helps them get out of this stress zone and allows them to have a good time.
Even though motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds, the minimum driving age should not be raised. Driving restrictions placed on young drivers only delay fatal crashes, and studies show that recklessness is not the cause for most teen collisions; it is simple mistakes. When teens begin driving, they enter the graduated licensing program that imposes certain restrictions which lessen as the drivers become older and more experienced. A nationwide study shows that these laws have reduced fatal crashes amongst 16-year olds but increased fatalities amongst 18-year olds.
Likewise, the addiction rate associated with smoking is greater than that in marijuana, alcohol, and cocaine (“Think One Cigarette Can’t Hurt?”). It could be prevented, but few regulations on tobacco use in teenagers can consequently lead to premature death and a lifetime of stress on the body. A charter provision enacted by the Ann Arbor City Council recently placed a ban on the purchase of tobacco products to residents under the age of twenty one, a change from the previous age of eighteen. The bill received immense animosity and fury; so much so that Michigan senators Rick Jones and John Proos proposed senate bill number 1066, as a means of amending the original ordinance and essentially preventing the fluctuation of the state’s legal age (Jones, “Senate Bill No. 1066”).