Since the drinking age has been twenty-one it has not stopped underage teens for drinking and has actually caused more problems. Binge drinking has especially been caught in college. With the mix of ages ranging anywhere from around 17-24 years old it’s easy for teens to fall under peer pressure. The opposing side to this argument says however that lowering the drinking age would be...”Pushing the drinking problem further down to 16-and 17-year olds.” However there is another problem with the law of the drinking age being
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.
According to William Dejong of Boston University, there is a trickle-down effect that will cause even younger kids to drink if the drinking age is lowered to 18. It is a common thing to have 15-17-year-olds being friends with 18-20-year-olds. If those 18-20-year-olds can legally purchase alcohol, they will be drinking with and around their younger friends that are still under the legal age. Right now, this is happening with 21+-year-olds giving alcohol to 18-20-year-olds. If the drinking age is lowered, it will just increase the amount of illegal and unsupervised drinking going on in the nation.
Alcohol Age Limit Would you rather the drinking age limit be lower, higher, or does it even matter? The legal drinking age limit should stay at 21, it is a pretty mature age to handle alcohol and the age limit is always changing. Under aged kids always find a way to obtain alcohol, and often times parents do not care and they’ll buy their kids alcoholic drinks. Does this law really change anything? If this law is so effective then why is under aged drinking still so high on the charts?
Not everybody is full matured by 18 years old. 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.
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
If the minimum driving age is raised these teens will have to wait longer to get their temps. Not only will they have to wait longer, but they will not get the taste of freedom or adulthood most people want. The minimum driving age should stay 16 because drivers are more responsible, have more freedom and its easier on parents. One reason why the driving age should stay the same is because driving improves the responsibility of teens. Diamante White tells us, "I would really be upset because
People believe that screen time should be increased to four hours, however this is not the case. Screen time should be limited to two hours because screen time creates distractions and can foster negative behaviors. Screen time creates distractions in many ways. Screen time has been dragging us away from conversations. According to Connected but Alone by Sherry Turkles she states, “We sacrifice conversations for more connections.” This shows how technology can distract adolescents and not be able to develop face to face conversations.
However, the real question of debates lies in whether or not the criminal justice system’s primary purpose is efficiency or justice. Is time and money saved more valuable than truth and human life? Even if abolition can’t be implemented entirely, is it not worth implementing at all? For example, current US alcohol laws dictate that people must be twenty-one years or older to drink, however, young people still find ways to obtain alcohol. Even if young people can obtain alcohol, does that mean our system shouldn’t try to restrict it at all and provide it freely?
She highlights that scientific studies found the 21-year-old law saves lives on and off the road. Dean-Mooney emphasizes the public agrees that “72 percent of adults think that lowering the drinking age would make alcohol more accessible to kids”(Dean-Mooney 3). Another claim of the author it that lowering the drinking age would put more responsibility on the parents and educators. Additionally, she claims that lowering the drinking age would have dangerous long- term effects. Early adolescent drinkers are, “more susceptible to alcoholism”(Dean-Mooney 10).
Should the United States lower the legal drinking age, which is now twenty-one, to a more reasonable age, such as eighteen. The legal drinking age is unjust and unfair. Therefore, it should be lowered to eighteen to make all adults equal. Individuals often compare drinking with unsuccessfulness and/or recklessness, and that is not the case at all. Overtime there have been millions of successful and intelligent people that commonly consumed 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
Becoming Adults: Change Drinking Age to Eighteen In the United States of America, as most know, the minimum legal drinking age is twenty-one years old. There have been many debates when it comes to lowering the drinking age; some are against the idea and some are for the idea. It most cases, once you turn the age of eighteen, you are legally an adult. You have the right to vote and serve in the military. In other developed countries such as the United Kingdom, Spain, and others in Europe, the legal drinking age is eighteen.
This would also impair their organization and planning capabilities and may even lead to depression and suicide. The MLDA should not be lowered due to the responsibility required to an individual and others. Lowering the MLDA would lead to more use of illicit drugs among the persons between 18 and 21 years old. It follows that the younger a person starts to engage in alcohol, the higher the chances of using other illicit drugs. Moreover, when the drinking age was 18 years, the cases of fatal crashes caused by underage drunk drivers were twice as many as