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.
Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered? At this moment in the United States, a popular topic being debated is whether the legal drinking age should be lowered. Lowering the drinking age is not as easy as it seems, though. It is a matter of both state government and federal government, because in 1984 the National Minimum Legal Drinking Act (MLDA 21), a federal law, was put into effect, which required all state to have a minimum legal drinking age of 21 years old.
The changing of the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 resulted from the false politicization of the very serious and prevalent issue of teenage drunk driving by activist groups such as M.A.D.D.-Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Instead of trying to legislate morality, which is a lost cause, the focus should be put on attempting to create a society which breeds responsible drinking habits. Since there is no significant change developmentally from the age 18 to 21, those three years are, in essence, a state of unfounded prohibition. The drinking age should be changed to 18. One reasoning behind the upping of the age, was the fact that the brain is not yet fully developed at the age of 18, and this can result in not only lapses of judgement (i.e., binge drinking, drunk driving, etc.) but also in alcohol related health issues.
My name is Austin Gansert. I am a high school student at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, CA. I am writing you today to talk about a very controversial topic: the legal drinking age. I believe that there are many benefits to having a lower drinking age of 18, rather than the current drinking age of 21. There are many benefits to having a lowered drinking age, which I will explain in this letter.
The Effects of Lowering the Drinking Age According to Carla T. Main in “Underage Drinking and the Drinking Age” from The Tennessee Electronic Library, the legal drinking age shouldn’t be reduced in result of all of the things that occur due to underage drinking. She talks about how institutions could help by having discussions with the college students about responsible drinking. When the drinking age was lowered between 1970 and 1976, the results were catastrophic. The highway deaths among teenagers and young adults skyrocketed.
Lowering the Drinking Age Picture yourself at this amazing party, you are having the time of your life, but you realize that there are so many people trashed and you are the only one that is not as wasted. The neighbors call the police department complaining that there is so much noise happening next door, that they want the police to shut it down or to at least tell them to be quiet. Well imagine your friend answering the door to the police but saying something incredibly stupid. The cops tell you to turn down the music, they really don’t care that you are eighteen and drinking because they know that it is the legal age. You see, most people would disagree that the drinking age should be eighteen because they think that we are still very
The ongoing debate about the drinking age is a close one. Some say that lowering it will bring disastrous consequences; others say keeping it the same is not doing any good. Yet, most of these opinions are from much older adults that have no idea the way the younger adults perceive things. It is important for the opinions of these younger voices to be heard as well, seeming as they will be most affected. As I am apart of such a generation, I must say that I am for lowering the drinking age.
Nearly everybody can concur that liquor ought not be given or permitted to youngsters or youthful grown-ups under a particular age. Liquor is a substance that is extremely hazardous and on the off chance that you utilized erroneously or youthfully the outcomes can be extraordinary risk to the clients or the ones around them. The point of bringing down the drinking age has been in dialog for a long time now. Roadway passings among adolescents and youthful grown-ups have expanded enormously.. All states started raising the base drinking age once more.
Minimum Legal Drinking Age 1 These passages present a discussion about arguments concerning the lowering of the legal drinking age from 21 to 18. This is an important debate to parents because of the inherent dangers of alcohol. The two positions argue whether or not people under the age of 21 should be given the legal right to drink. Both viewpoints have valid claims warranting consideration.
In the 1920s alcohol was prohibited in all America. The Americans were not “legally” able to buy or sell alcoholic drink. The Americans still bought their liquor from bootleggers and gangsters. The prohibition ended in 1933 for all Americans and were able to legally buy alcohol. Then the prohibition started again in 1984 for Americans ages from 20 and under because of a new law created by law makers.
If young adults at the age of 18 are old enough to vote and enlist in the army, then why can they not purchase and consume alcohol? Over the years, the set drinking age has been a controversial topic among society. Some people believe the MLDA (Minimum Legal Drinking Age) should stay at the age of 21 because it is safer for their kids. However, lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 would change the standards of alcohol as it encourages those of legal adulthood to make responsible decisions as adults, learn to control binge drinking and promote less automobile accidents. To further explain, 18 is the age of majority therefore young adults are mature enough to make their own decisions.
In The united States the legal drinking age is 21 and many people have different opinions about that. 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 age. Furthermore at the age of 18 you turn to an adult a person pays bills for their car, house, and many other things.