Drinking is an easy way to rebel against parents and the law while still having fun. Considering that drinking is illegal for those under twenty-one, situations involving underage drinking will most likely take place in dorm rooms or basements, where the chances of getting caught are less. The goal in these conditions is to get drunk as quickly as possible, cultivating binge drinking which creates a high risk and dangerous environment. Sol Israel a twenty-year-old American studying in Canada shares how eighteen year olds and up treat drinking completely different in the two countries. Israel says, “We 're drinking as part of socializing instead of drinking just to get drunk, which is what tends to happen in the United States when kids flout authority.
Accustomed to such inconsistent treatment. ……young people are bombarded with mixed signals about the scope of their rights and the depth of their responsibilities. And most of those mixed signals come from the laws of state and local government.” (Governing.com Page 1) These confusing laws make nothing easier and in fact they make young people’s lives more difficult. My opinion on the whole situation is that the drinking age should be lowered because of binge drinking. Since the drinking age has been twenty-one it has not stopped underage teens for drinking and has actually caused more problems.
Despite the fact that the legal limitation on alcohol consumption is acting throughout the whole country, the “right to set any drinking age remains in the states' control” (Choose Responsibility) so that the age index may vary. There are already some ideas what to do in case of lowering the minimum legal drinking age. One of the ideas is the implementation of alcohol education course that those between 18 and 20 have to complete and get a license. However, there is no evidence that such thing would work appropriately. In any way, numerous programs led by the specialists might help people to decrease the risks of drinking alcohol independently of the fact whether the minimum age is 21 or
According to Time.com, the “temporary bans that campus create after attacks” are not strict enough. There should be more long term consequences for those who commit sexual assault crimes. Another punishment that should be enforced more is “bans on booze” (Time). Due to most sexual assaults involving alcohol consumption, there should be more strict laws and bans on alcohol. According to CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov, “on average, about half of college student sexual assaults are associated with alcohol use”.
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.
Jennifer Ortiz Ms.Frandsen English 3, Period 5 6 February 2018 Underage Drinking Drinking can cause severe damages to ones body. Juvenile drinking started in the colonial times since kids and babies drank alcohol as part of their diet. Now a days alcohol is one of number one drugs picked by teenagers. Even though most teens drink alcohol to feel socially ease, calm nerves or stress, or simply just to drink; their putting their life at risk. In others words, teens should not be permitted to binge drink in any kind of situation.
Good morning, my speech is entitled ____. Drinking runs rampant across college campuses, and despite the age restriction mandated by the law, young adults still choose to drink under the age 21. They go to fraternity houses and private apartments, locked dorm rooms and house parties, safe from the prying eyes of authority. Unmonitored and unsupervised, these individuals are more prone to extreme and binge drinking, some of the leading causes of alcohol-related deaths. But if the drinking age is lowered to 18, young adults will no longer be condemned for trying to enjoy themselves.
If the government would anonymously give welfare recipients a drug and alcohol test once a month, then the amount of people who abuse the welfare system would dramatically decrease. If the person who is anonymously tested monthly fails his/her drug or alcohol test, then he/she should immediately be cut from their benefits and should be charged with governmental fraud and with illegal drug charges as well. By doing this, the people wouldn’t have to pay as much money to the government, there would be less drug abuse in the system, and there would also be a very large drop in the amount of welfare abuse in the
The main argument of Laura Dean-Mooney is that the 21 law saves lives because the number of people killed in crashes since the law was enacted has been cut in half. The number of crashes “ has been cut in half, from more than 5,000 individuals in the early 1980s to around 2,000 in 2005”(Dean Mooney 5). Another argument made was that the effects of alcohol are magnified when a teenager’s brain is still developing, “alcohol negatively affects all parts of the brain, include cognitive and decision-making abilities as well as coordination and memory”(Dean-Mooney 9). Dean-Mooney implies that since the legal drinking age has been 21, this law is the most studied in history. She highlights that scientific studies found the 21-year-old law saves lives on and off the road.
Finally brains are still growing at 18 years old so drinking cannot become legal. Another opposition to the legal drinking age is that 21 years old does not stop teenagers from underage drinking, so why keep it at 21 years old? There are so many kids drinking during high school and college when they are under the age of 21 years, they believe that it should be 18 years of age. Kids that believe the drinking age should be lowered are wrong because it just makes school harder for them to achieve at. Also if seniors in high school are allowed to have alcohol that just means underclassmen will
I am against amendment 18. Amendment 18 says that we can buy alcohol. I think that it is too easy to buy the alcohol. You have to be 21 but kids that are younger can still get it. If younger kids drink too much they can die from alcohol poisoning.
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.
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
However, there have been increasing debates over whether the minimum legal drinking age should be reduced from 21 years to 18 years. These debates have also shaped two paradigms whereby one is for the opinion that if 18-year-olds are legally allowed to join the armed forces, to vote, join the jury, and drive, why can’t they be allowed to drink alcohol? The other paradigm holds that reducing the minimum legal drinking age to 18 years would not guarantee responsible drinking and as such may result in serious injuries or death. Paradigm 1 It is unfair to allow 18-year-olds to fight enemies in battle fields but yet deny them the right to have a drink. Therefore, if the law feels that 18-year-olds are capable of joining the armed forces, driving, and voting, then
Only if the taboo is eliminated, can the thrill element be decreased further leading to less consumption of alcohol by 18 year olds. Prohibition of drinking by 18 years old in public places can lead them to induce in them the tendency to be forced to drink in non-administered settings like parties. If the age limit is lowered, at least they will be freer to drink in a regulated environment. Cons: Moving to the other side of this, looking at the cons we can say that lowering of the drinking age can lead to more incidences of crimes related to alcohol that may be fatal in nature. According to studies, US states like Michigan and Maine have experienced increased alcohol related crimes once the drinking age has been reduced to 18 over there.