The first point people have against lowering the drinking age make is that most 18-year olds are mature enough. They believe that young adults do not know when to stop and that they will just drink until they have alcohol poisoning. The second point opposes make is that lowering the drinking age will create alcoholics. They believe that even at 18-years old people are susceptible to gaining a dependence on something like alcohol. If the drinking age is 21 then by that time they will have a strong mind to not be dependent.
Being rebel and not following the rules is an important role of a teenager life somehow. (Teen Ink, 1989) The repeal of alcohol prohibition by the 21st Amendment on Dec. 5, 1933 allowed each state to set its own alcohol consumption laws. At that time, most states established the MLDA for alcohol at 21 years of age, although two states set an MLDA of 21 for men and 18 for women: Illinois (1933-1961) and Oklahoma (1933-1976). The 1976 US Supreme Court case Craig v. Boren (1.58 MB) ruled 7-2 that this age difference violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Following the July 1, 1971 passage of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the legal voting age from 21 to 18 years of age, 30 US states lowered their MLDA to 18, 19, or 20; by 1982, only 14 states still had an MLDA of 21.
Name: Professor: Class: Date: Legal Drinking Age should not be changed to 18 Introduction The issue of the legal drinking age has led to a number of debates in the United States. Currently, the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years. This is different from the most of the countries in which the legal drinking age is 18 years. Many people in the United States feel that the law should be changed to lower the legal drinking age to 18 years. Different people have different arguments on why the legal drinking age should be lowered to 18 years.
Lately, this topic has become a big deal. There are great things that come out of the drinking age of twenty-one, but gratifying things would also come out of lowering it. By keeping the minimum drinking age at twenty-one, it would save countless lives. This reason alone should be enough to persuade one’s mind to want to keep it at twenty-one. Pros and Cons of Lowering the Drinking Age In today’s society, many young adults turn to alcohol to self-treat depression, stress, and other psychological illnesses.
Hanson, and I believe that some of the reason why students drink to excess is because of that adrenaline rush they get from breaking the rules. My parents, among many other adults, have told me that once you reach the legal drinking age, getting excessively intoxicated loses its thrill. Perhaps if we were to lower the drinking age to eighteen, we would see less college students admitted to hospitals with alcohol poisoning and other alcohol related issues. Overall, a lower drinking age seems like a good idea to me. It would allow students in college to go out and enjoy themselves without being stressed out about breaking the law, as well as possibly lower the number of alcohol related injuries and incidents.
Unknown. Available: http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/LegalDrinkingAge.html The United States has the highest drinking age in the world. Dr. Ruth Clifford Engs of Indiana University believe that the minimum drinking age of 21 in the United States is too high. Although the drinking age is 21 you can drink legally under many different circumstances. In 1984 the National Minimum Drinking Age Act required all states to raise their minimum purchase and public possession of alcohol age up to 21.
So if a 18 year old can decide who the potential leader of our country should be and purchase lottery and tobacco products and take a bullet for their country, they should have every right to purchase and drink alcohol. I have often heard that an 18 year old compared to a 21 year old has less tolerance for alcohol, while this might be true, but tolerance does not come with age, tolerance comes with the realization of responsibility and there are way more people responsible at 15 than some are at 50. A person under the age of 21 sees alcohol as “the forbidden fruit”. This curiosity leads to more people under the legal age drinking anyway, they get the alcohol from someone they know who is of the legal age to purchase and when they do have the opportunity to consume alcohol they get overly drunk
There has been much talk about changing the legal drinking age to 18 instead of 21. some people believe that the age should never of changed from 18 to 21. The drinking age is regulated by the states not the nation and yet all of the nation has a drinking age of 21 and not 18. The drinking age should stay the same and not changed. Legal drinking age should be 21 because at 18 people do not have the maturity to handle alcohol, the health issues with drinking at 18 are greater, and the chances of becoming a alcoholic is greater when a person starts drinking younger. The first reason that the drinking age should be 21 is that at 18 a greater amount of people do not have the maturity to handle and consume alcohol.
Reason for this age limit in the US, was the federal government was stepping in to enforce a minimum age limit to promote public and traffic safety, and protect our youth from drunk driving. In this essay, I am explain in detail about the age limit of drinking and if it violates our equal protection, or due process laws. Analyze the effect of these Policies Before the federal government enforced a mandate that required all states to raise their drinking age limit to 21, history shows us that underage drinking problem was worse. For an example, before the
Bronson Guimond Guimond 1 English Composition (HC111) Dana Anderson 20 September 2011 Legal Drinking Age in america There are many reasons why the government has passed laws on the legal drinking age in America. I believe that if a human being of any age thinks they are capable of consuming alcohol, then they should be able to do so. Alcohol is very dangerous if it isn’t used responsibly. I understand that because of many teen deaths due to alcohol that the government changed the drinking age to 21; however this is not going to stop teen drinking. I would discuss this topic with an audience consisting of teens, parents, and government representatives.