The drinking age is saving lives, why would we change it? Drunk driving has decreased over the years and became less of a problem. “Laws making it illegal for someone under age 21 to purchase or possess alcohol have led to an 11 percent drop in alcohol-related traffic deaths among youth. From 1988 to 1995, alcohol-related traffic fatalities for youth ages 15 to 20 fell by 47 percent” (Degutis 3). Since the minimum legal drinking age was changed to 21, the results of drunk driving have lessen.
SUMMARY: In the article, “ The Minimum Legal Drinking Age” written by Traci L Toomey, Carolyn Rosenfeld, and Alexander C. Wagenaar in Alcohol Health & Research World, the reasoning behind the why the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) is 21 is addressed. Till this day similar claims that were used to lower the MLDA many years ago are being applied. Regardless of the continuing debate about the MLDA studies show the effectiveness of a higher MLDA in averting alcohol related deaths and injuries within the youth.The lowering of the MLDA resulted in rates of injuries and deaths increasing. Once the MLDA was increased the rates of injuries and deaths decreased drastically. The advantage of using environmental approaches, being the MLDA, is that it
According to James C. Fell is a senior program director at the Alcohol, Policy and Safety Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation in Calverton, Md. By lowering the drinking age to eighteen it just moves the spectrum down. So instead of an eighteen-year-old drinking underage that will move down to sixteen year olds drinking underage. He believes that it will make alcohol more accessible to younger teenagers, “A 16-year-old or a 14-year-old doesn 't look 21, but they may look 18.” (Ogilvie 2011) Studies concluded that, “Adolescence is a critical stage of development in which the brain undergoes neuromaturation and reorganization characterized by changes in neurotransmission, plasticity, and synaptic remodeling. The results of human and animal research suggest that alcohol exposure during adolescence adversely affects brain development and maturation, causing brain damage, structural alterations, and cognitive deficits.” (Guerri 2010) This simply means that as a young adult, consuming alcohol may lead to severe brain damage as well as stunting the growth of the brain.
Why? Recent scientific studies indicate that there might be more positive outcomes. For example, World Health Organization also known as WHO declared medical marijuana can treat medical conditions, for instance, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Also, it can improve the country’s economy by taxing. It is predicted that legalization would reduce black markets and drug-related violence which would help law enforcement to work on other cases.
This research shows how easy a teenagers mind is changed by the people around them and the impact role models have. Keywords: Teenage Drinking; Peer Influence; Drinking and Driving; Alcohol; Riding with a Drunk Driver Introduction A rite of passage for teenagers is receiving their driver licenses, but with new responsibility comes many risks as well.1 It is fairly common for teenage adolescents to binge drink with their friends, but does this lead to risky driving behaviors? There may be a decline in the amount of teenage related drunk driving fatal accidents in the recent years, but it is still a high percentage of deaths for teenagers.2 Parents and peers have a
(2001) reported an increased positive perception of alcohol-free activities among students (Glider et al., 2001). Both interventions proved successful in multiple aspects. The binge drinking rates decreased overall. The students who reported an increase in alcohol use in the past year also dropped (Glider et al., 2001). Glider et al.
1). There are many options in which the college and university administrations may reduce sexual assaults in the campuses include enlightening the students about what consenting about sex means. The association of alcohol with diseases such as liver cirrhosis and cancer has also been proven as an effective strategy in getting the students to reconsider their drinking habits (Sifferlin par. 2). Although this could be a misrepresentation of the harmful effects of alcohol, but it could also mean that the addicts may be willing to engage in activities to reduce their exposure to alcohol.
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. Alcohol is being abused not only for the parties, but as a “liquid fixer” for people’s problems. “It can be used to suppress feelings of anxiety, depression, alienation or despair by affecting certain
ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT 5 BINGE DRINKING TASK A - Summary “Would an alcohol advertising ban work?” is a news segment by Channel 4 News from September 2009, in which they discuss the media’s potential influence on the alcohol culture among young people, where binge drinking has become a popular activity to partake in. The British Medical Association (BMA) claims that certain alcohol beverages were designed to appeal to the younger generation, and thereby making it seem as if alcohol was an essential part of everyday life. The alcohol marketers on the other hand insist that their adverts are not aimed at young people, but do recognize that there is a problem with alcohol intake among youngsters and believe that the perspective of the issue ought
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.
Through analysing the data provided it can be assumed that access, fake identification, family conflict and peer pressure are key influences to alcohol misuse in underage drinkers. In contrast, the evidence associated with fake identification and peer pressure was based on studies that used descriptive research which cannot verify cause and effect. Further, the evidence provided on family conflict was also considered weaker as it was limited by a sample bias and wasn’t generalised to younger people. Overall, access had consistent findings throughout two countries, therefore, the weight of evidence provided supports the argument that access significantly contributes to alcohol misuse among underage
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.