The governments in most countries are failing to develop not only concrete, but effective methods and measures that will enforce their laws. Fake identifications, local stores, and convenient contacts are enabling the access to alcohol to young adults. These three factors are causing elders to misconstrue. Now, according to the Legal Dictionary, an adult is “a person who by virtue of attaining a certain age, generally eighteen, is regarded in the eyes of the law as being able to manage his or her own affairs.” Yet, the alcohol drinking age in some countries such as the United States of America, portrays just the contrary. By increasing the required drinking age, these nations are not merely contradicting their own laws and misusing tactics, but costing a great amount of money to their country and citizens.
Underage drinking is an epidemic that has seeped into the crevices of American life. High school students and parents alike acknowledge “partying” as an essential, if not ingrained, part of the holistic college experience. There are multiple factors that contribute to someone 's tendency to drink. In reviewing of previous work there is analysis in multiple different factors and their effects. There are quite a few characteristics that determine propensity to drink before a student even reaches a college campus.
Although these students are in college, they will not feel free anymore. They will feel as if they are back home with their parents because of the lack of freedom in college. Another disadvantage is trying to stop students from drinking. The process will be hard because colleges are big and there are many students across campus. Also there are liquor stores nearby at most colleges.
Alcohol does this by altering the actions of two major neurotransmitters in the brain and slows down the connections that happen within the mind and leads to a loss of cognitive function. In her article “Alcohol can rewire the teenage brain,” author Tara Haelle supports that teenage drinking is a growing concern and accounts for 11 percent of all alcohol consumption in the United States alone. The drinking age of 21 is partly due to state and federal statutes but, also because one’s brain doesn’t stop developing until then. Exposure to alcohol in adolescent years can permanently alter brain chemistry. Drinking during this critical period of development may lead to permanent damage that can linger for the duration of a person’s life.
Why the drinking age is set the way that it is? The national drinking age act of 1984 stated that among 18-20 year old in areas where the drinking age had been lowered have more opportunities of having an accident. Some collage contend that by lowering that drinking age college would be able to bring booze out into the campus and educate students on responsible consumption. For a while Louisiana was a safety place for thirsty teens to drink until the state passed a law that made illegal to buy alcohol if you were under 21. Mothers and many other began to protest for a uniform national drinking age of 21 to help eliminate and keep alcohol out of the hands of less immature 18 years old.
Smoking is the most well-known health and environmental issue in the United States. Smoking is a mixed topic, there has been controversy over it for years, especially on college campuses. Smoking on campus has been an important matter of debate many oppose it and many support it. Tobacco smoking on Francis Marion University (FMU) is not allowed. Frustrating many people that are on campus.
Alexus University, like a good portion of universities and institutes of higher learning in the United States, has become known as a party school. The issue of underage drinking has become a matter of great concern for the university, as they believe that this is working to damage their reputation as a serious institute of learning; instead of students applying to the school because they want to learn, officials are noticing an ever increasing trend in the types of applicants who are looking to attend the school. In particular, they are seeing an increase in the number of average and below average students who are applying, students whose records and attitudes indicate that they are less concerned with education and more concerned with having a good time. Other schools with prior reputations as party schools have started to turn that reputation around through the targeted use of anti-drinking campaigns. It is to this end that the college board of directors has requested that individuals associated with the Alexus University campus work to come up with different campaigns that may be utilized in order to work to negate and decrease the current behaviors of students on campus, ensuring that the campus’s reputation may once again be restored to its previous splendor.
Charlie, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, defies many basic social norms, such as: the ideal treatment towards those with non-traditional sexualities, participating in acts of drugs and alcohol willingly at parties, and more. These social norms are even present out of the story and relevant in our society today. In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie treats his friend Patrick with the same ounce of respect as everyone else,
Legal driving age has been a constant argument as the major reason for death among teens is these accidents happening. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1678 drivers in 2014 have been reported dead aged 16 to 20 years along with some new issues like texting while driving; other mobile usages along with distracted driving (Rogers, 2015). Driving age should remain at 16 as it will make teenagers more frustrated if they wait till the age of 18 and with experience they will get better. Rising driving age will not make much difference as it will only irritate the teenagers who are willing to acquire driving license. College going students doesn’t like to depend on public transport as changing buses and trains tire them out instead having own vehicle gives
Over the years, the legal drinking age in the United States has been heavily debated. Some argue that the legal age to drink should be 18 or 19 because people at that age are recognized as adults; others argue that the drinking age should be 21 because people who are able to drink should be more mature and have their lives better planned out. Although people are legally adults at 18, they are not yet mature adults; in fact, according to NRP, “emerging science about brain development suggests that most people don’t reach full maturity until the age 25” (“Brain”). Before earning the right to legally drink, people should allow their bodies to fully develop and gain a better knowledge of how to organize their lives. The drinking age should remain
According to Main in ¨Underage Drinking and the Drinking Age” from the Policy Review, lowering the drinking age to eighteen from twenty-one would increase the harsh effects that are currently impacting our society and our military. Main insists that the United States should not get rid of the laws that set 21 as the mandatory minimum age for drinking, known as the ¨21 laws.¨ Although there are laws and severe consequences for those who drink under the age of 21, underage drinking is a huge concern, especially at college. When the undergraduates binge drink, drinking five or more alcoholic drinks on one occasion, they not only have the potential to hurt themselves, but also their peers. For example, over 474,000 students have unprotected sex,
Opponents of these views present several arguments. Some students on college campuses believe that they should be able to drink at the age of eighteen. There has been much debate about whether the legal drinking age had better be lowered in America. At the age of eighteen teens are legal under the law to marry, join the military, vote, and more. These students see that teens can do all this under the law so they also want to drink at this same age since they are legal to do many other things.
Devin Stanford Mrs. Zupan Law Period 5 April 13, 2016 Drinking Age For years people have debated on whether or not lowering the drinking age is a good idea. It is a very sensitive topic to discuss because everyone has their own opinion on it. Alcohol is the drug of choice for most teenagers regardless of the rules that are in place. On April 14, 1982, President Reagan established the Presidential Commission Against Drunk Driving (PCDD). These were 39 recommendations on how to stop the drunk driving epidemic at the time.
21 although a good age set is also a bad one as it seems too far for teens to wait. Lowering the age to something like 18 would provide a lot more beneficial outcomes. It would also be a smart move as 18 isthe age of adulthood and an adult should be able to make the choices they want regarding alcohol. In the US about 11% of the alcohol consumed is by people of ages 12-20 and 90% of that is binge
In the article “College Presidents Seek Debate on Drinking Age” the issue of lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 is strongly discussed by college presidents and various organizations and Universities. Even though both parties agree that alcohol abuse in colleges is an extensive problem in schools around the country, college organizations are debating with lawmakers to lower the drinking age. With the intention to reduce driving accidents and deaths due to alcohol abuse, the drinking age was elevated to 21, creating the rejection of many college students and administrators in the country. Lowering the drinking age to 18 would not have much impact in the attitude of young people since there is no much difference in maturity in 3 years. This statement is supported by a Duke University sophomore from Singapore, where the drinking age is lower.