But while it has succeeded in that, it is also believed that tougher rules, such as DUI rules and seatbelt safety rules have also played a part in this decrease. However, this higher drinking age hasn’t reduced drinking, its only “driven it underground,” Gabrielle Glaser states in her NY Times article. It has been driven underground to the riskiest settings, high school parties and frat parties that are unsupervised. This age raise segregates the drinking away from adults that can model moderation in drinking. If an 18-year-old high school senior is shown by his/her parent(s) how to drink responsibly and in moderation, I believe that it would greatly help in reducing the chance of making bad decisions by overdoing it, such as driving while drinking.
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.
As a country, we need to redefine the culture surrounding alcohol so that we can create a society which breeds knowledge and understanding about alcohol. People are going to drink and get drunk no matter what the legal age is. Our only hope as a society is to address what it means to us to have “socially responsible drinking.” The next task is to figure out how to teach it. By generating informed citizens and exposing them to this knowledge at an early age, we can aim to demystify the term “drinking responsibly.”
I honestly, do not see why it is such a huge deal to lower the drinking age. So many teens drink and I can guarantee you, that they would go ahead and sit up a petition on lowering the drinking age. Also if the drinking age is lowered, there might be less teens underage drinking. I say this because what kid is going to have fun following the rules anyways, not a whole
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). Overall the main argument of this essay is that the drinking age should stay the same because drunk driving crashes have lowered since the 21 law was enacted and young adults brains are still developing during this
The article from Journal of Health Economics introduces the impact of minimum legal drinking age laws on alcohol consumption, smoking, and marijuana use. The abuse of alcohol is coming with healthy issue and some considerable spillover effects such as risky behavior, criminal activity, and alcohol related traffic injuries and fatalities. The regulation on alcohol availability in the lower the minimum legal drinking age from 21. The opponents of the MLDA of 21 argue that the age limit encourages young adults under age 21 to consume alcohol in an irresponsible manner and that lowering age would help young adults to learn how to drink gradually, safely. Many studies have investigated the effect of the MLDA law on alcohol consumption.
After 3 years of demonstrating that they can abide alcohol laws and handle alcohol safely, then could then officially receive their licence and earn the same drinking rights as 21 year olds do now. Not only would this benefit young adults, it could benefit our communities by requiring a renewal fee, forcing those who can’t afford the fee, perhaps the homeless, not to purchase alcohol. Junior Sammy Mendoza, when asked about her opinion of the drinking license, said “In my opinion, drinking accidents and bad situations all stem from the lack of knowledge surrounding alcohol. With young adults being properly educated on how to consume alcohol safely, perhaps there would be less alcohol caused crimes and incidents.” Of course this is not going to prevent every single alcohol related death, but it is one way to start.
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
I wanted to speak about an issue that affects me, and being that I’m a teenager, it does. My proposal for this issue is to change the drinking age to 18 but if this is too arduous to make that leap to 18, at least make it 19 or 20. I think 21 is too long of a gap to make it legal when most teenagers are already exposed to it. Teenagers deal with a lot of stress, whether they are in college or working, they need a stress reliever.
The recommended option is to enforce a healthier drinking culture. The current drinking culture encourages individuals to drink excessively and shames those who do not participate in drinking. As a result, Australians have developed a negative relationship with alcohol that can be reflected in the amount of problems that have arisen in the last decade. In changing the drinking culture by educating young adults and teenagers on how to consume alcohol in a safer way and removing the stigma that not drinking is socially unacceptable, future generations will be brought into a much safer drinking culture. Enforcing a more positive drinking culture has complications that can influence whether it will work.