People have debated about this before saying that teenagers are not mature enough to handle the alcohol consumption that most teenagers are drinking as of right now. Another reason for lowering the drinking age is because if the government were to lower the drinking age they would also have to lower the alcohol content in every drink that is related or contains alcohol. The drinking age should be lowered is because statistics show that since Louisiana has lowered its drinking age it has had about 3,379 and in Kentucky there is about 4,529 so statistics say that there has been 1,150 more alcohol related crashes than in Kentucky. So since Louisiana has lowered its drinking age to 18 there have been fewer accidents than Kentucky where they haven’t lowered the drinking age and there has been
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed thirty-one years ago in July of 1984. Since then, it has been contested by many that the minimum age should be lowered to eighteen. Arguments ranging from being able to join the military, or courts trying you as an adult at the age of 18 have long been heard. Others will say the United States is too strict with the minimum age with only six percent of countries having a minimum age of twenty-one. This could mean one of two things: either we are too strict, or we are responsible with the laws created to protect young adults from the effects of alcohol.
Numerous debates still occur today about the minimum drinking age. A poll taken on July 2014 asked the public opinion of US adults for lowering the US legal drinking age from 21 to 18. Approximately 74% of the people opposed the idea, whereas roughly 25% of the people supported the idea ("Public Opinion" 1). The statistics indicate satisfaction among the majority of the people; however, with the current laws many issues arise that must be addressed concerning alcohol use. For starters, studies show an increase of dangerous drinking habits among young adults (Hall 2).
Teens have a difficult enough time making decisions and organizing their lives, but adding alcohol to the mix will only make matters worse; their bodies are still developing, and they are still learning to be adults. Teens already struggle deciding what clubs to join, what colleges to apply for, what college to attend, what to major in, and much more. Teens should not be allowed to legally drink because alcohol consumption can affect their health and
“Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same.” This was said by Charles Bukowski, who was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Drinking is known for being a pleasure for most people, but in America there is an age restriction for that pleasure. On July 17, 1984, The National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed and it was controversial because it punished every state that allowed persons below 21 years old to purchase and publicly possess alcoholic beverages. One of the primary reasons why this bill was passed was to prevent traffic deaths caused by young drunk drivers.
In the article “Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain-Human Studies”, it was argued that heavy drinking has been proven to affect the neuropsychological performance of young people and has impaired the growth of certain areas in the brain. It has also been shown that adolescents who drink alcohol are at a higher risk for brain malfunctioning and blood flow in the brain to be hindered. In the article, Tapert argues 2 main points. The first being that the brain continues to develop until early adulthood and even physically healthy youth can be effected long term if heavy amounts of alcohol are consumed. Animal tests were done where young animals were exposed to alcohol and this interfered with the animal’s normal brain functioning later on in life.
Since the brain is still developing many things occur such as emotional ,behavior, and accidents. Eighteen year olds are not responsible enough to consume alcohol. Eighteen year olds aren’t responsible because they can have different behaviors and act differently more than they should. Some of the behaviors that teenagers or college students react by aggression or sexual assault. Usually depends how aggressive you could get with the amount of alcohol in you body.
When the Minimum Legal Drinking Age changed to 21 years old in 1976, there was a decrease in fatal car accidents which saved approximately 21,887 lives (Alcohol Policy MD). Many lives were saved because there were less young drinkers and less people driving under the influence of alcohol. If it were possible to save lives, why wouldn’t you want to do that? An argument is made that if teenagers are allowed the responsibility to drive when they are 16 years old why can’t they drink at an earlier age? This is simply because Alcohol can put people in danger.
In the Article “Binge drinking Is a Serious Problem for Underage Drinkers” by Emily Listfield there are a series of reasons why underage Binge drinking is against the law and Extremely dangerous. Binge drinking underage has become more common and more deadly. The legal drinking age should be increased because it gives kids/teens more time to mature and more time to think about the consequences of not only underage drinking but binge drinking as well. When kids/teens enter high school or college they are always looking to fit it. In today's society it is not unheard of for a college student to be drinking alcohol, oddly enough high school and middle school students are drinking just as much.
Under the 1984 National Minimum Drinking Age Act [23 U.S.C 158], persons under 21 years of age are prohibited from purchasing alcohol in all 50 US states. although there are exceptions in certain states when alcohol is consumed at home, under adult supervision, and for medical purposes, the drinking age still stands. There are moves to lower the drinking age, however. many proponents think 18 is a good number, considering that teenagers at this age are practically considered adults. in fact, they think it is hilarious that an 18 year old can marry, vote, join the military or buy guns, but can 't buy or drink alcohol, which is probably the easiest thing anyone can do, as opposed to getting married and choosing the next president.