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.
In the United States of America, eighteen years of age is when teenagers are finally considered adults by others around them. As an adult they now have the same rights as everyone around them. With the exception of one law that keeps them in a lower class. This restriction keeping them from being like everyone else is that they are still not able to consume alcohol legally. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act raising the drinking age in all fifty states as well as the District of Columbia to twenty-one years of age (“In the early 1980’s...”).
“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.
The continuous dispute of the legal age of alcohol consumption in The United States is nothing fresh. Some citizens may stand with the decision that the current drinking age of 21 fits our society well and shall continue. Many others have examined the existing laws for this matter, and with a respectable purpose. It is not essential to be 21 years of age to lawfully consume alcohol. Think about this: Have you ever unlawfully ingested alcohol?
Based off of this alone, it is evident that there are pros and cons as to if the age should be younger or kept at 21. There are many people throughout the country that feel like the age of 21 is too high to be the
For example, as stated on howtoadult.com, ”Many teens are busy with extracurricular activities, jobs, volunteer work and socializing. When teens younger than 18 can't drive themselves to and from these activities, those responsibilities fall onto their parents, who may not have the freedom or willingness
Punishing all of the American citizens by the MLDA being raised to 21 is not the right way to go about and promote safe driving. The United States is not the worst place for drunk driving incidents; in fact, it is one of the lowest. According to Niall McCarthy there are more dangerous roads than that of the U.S., “58% on South Africa’s roads can be attributed to alcohol consumption… In the United States, 31% of all road accidents… In the United Kingdom and Germany, road deaths involving alcohol consumption are rarer at 16 % and 9 % respectively,” (McCarthy).
Teen drinking is one of the most controversial and serious topic in the United States and other countries. In USA, a person needs to be 21 years old in order to be legally consuming alcohol. However, the age drinking has not always been the same, before 1984 the legal drinking age was 18, but for many reasons the government decided to pass a law to raise it to 21. A lot of people disagree with the drinking age but most people agree that 21 is a reasonable age to be responsibly drinking. The legal age drinking in the United States should stay as 21 and not lower because alcohol consuming needs responsibility,
Many of these bear much “more responsibility than drinking alcohol” (Thrillist). For example you can put your life on the line, fighting for our country, but can’t go to a bar and get a beer. Soldiers can die in another country but can not legally drink alcohol in the country they’re fighting for. In an online article titled “Maturity (psychological),” Psychologists define maturity as “the ability to respond to the environment in an appropriate manner.”
However, there are many who oppose for raising the driving age to eighteen. One argument on this is that it would not be fair to teenagers who could have been able to drive, but due to raising the age of driving they have to rely on parents or other family member to go anywhere. Another reason they argue with this is, at the age of eighteen teenagers are ready to move foe college or job. So, if they got license before then parents do not have to worry about their kids.
If young adults at the age of 18 are old enough to vote and enlist in the army, then why can they not purchase and consume alcohol? Over the years, the set drinking age has been a controversial topic among society. Some people believe the MLDA (Minimum Legal Drinking Age) should stay at the age of 21 because it is safer for their kids. However, lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 would change the standards of alcohol as it encourages those of legal adulthood to make responsible decisions as adults, learn to control binge drinking and promote less automobile accidents. To further explain, 18 is the age of majority therefore young adults are mature enough to make their own decisions.
December 18, 1917 the United States Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment prohibiting the manufacturing, sales, and transportation of intoxicating liquors. March 21, 1947, the United States Congress debated again over the topic of alcohol. The result was the Twenty-first Amendment being passed. Alcohol was yet again allowed and freely sold within the borders of the United States of America (Constitution). No matter the harmful effects alcohol has always been a drug that is used, abused, and loved by countless Americans.