By now, it should be clear to society that teenagers will resort to drinking, no matter what. The enforcement of the minimum drinking age law is fundamentally ineffective. A survey had been conducted in 2004 by the University of Michigan which found that “71% of high school seniors had consumed alcohol within the last year, while 94% reported that it was ‘fairly easy’ or ‘very easy’ for them to obtain alcohol” (Minimum Drinking Age). Teenagers find drinking to be incredibly alluring because it is seen as the “forbidden fruit” that allows them to achieve a badge of rebellion and a sense of adulthood. However, these teenagers also live in fear of getting caught for drinking and thus, consume their alcohol in unsafe environments; typically, these dwellings are where they can “escape” disturbances and predicaments, but usually encounter more.
As a result, the problem of alcohol abuse and drinking deaths become graver among college students. Aside from lack of education, Mindy Sink seems to neglect the problem of peer pressure in her article. The influence of peer pressure is strong especially when people are still in their adolescence. Influences of peers may worsen the problem of alcohol abuse. Erik Erikson is a psychoanalyst whose eight developmental stages are very famous.
He tries to preserve the viridity of the children by erasing the profanity showing what kind of person he really is. Even though he constantly curses himself, he never uses profanity in front of small children. Also just because things are written in a book doesn’t mean that they will actually do it. For example when Holden says “we could drive up to Massachusetts...And stay in this cabin...later on we can get married or something...” (171) Even though these ideas occur to him no teenager would actually do this because teens are smart enough to know about the consequences and results. A very good example of this is his date Sally who is roughly around the same age as him and thinks things through and is aware of the consequences.
When someone tells me not to do something, it makes me want to do it more. If I'm allowed to do something I don't do it as much, because I know I can do it whenever, without consequences. Most teens are scared of getting caught and calling their parents to come get them, because they can't drive home. So teens get in their cars and drive home, avoiding getting in trouble. If the drinking age was lowered, they would legally be allowed to drink.
security and severely drop the demand for fake IDs. Rising the drinking age hasn’t prevent underage drinking; it has caused 18-20 year olds to over drink and become addicted to alcohol. The drinking age should be lowered to 18 because when you turn 18 you earm so many rights, why not be able to drink and celebrate a little. Drunk driving is most common between the ages of 21-24 instead of 18-20 years old. When you are first allowed to drink is when people get inane and don’t know how to handle alcohol and driving.
Prohibition had not stopped people from drinking; neither will a law stating a legal age limit. Many teens have tried alcohol at least once in their life, even some as young as 5th grade. There is a lot of peer pressure, and the idea of looking and being 'cool' is what makes these teens try alcohol. However, lowering the drinking age to eighteen would decrease that problem, of course it would not stop those under eighteen from drinking, but that can be somewhat controlled by parents and adults in the lives of the youths. If the age limit was lowered the alcohol would no longer be a forbidden, therefore it would not be as appealing as it would normally.
One of those pros would be that lowering the drinking age would decrease the rate of teenager’s discreetly drinking alcohol. At more and more high school and college parties students are drinking alcohol illegally. This is at risk because many of those underage drinkers binge drink to an amount that can seriously harm their body and their brain. Most students do this because they get a thrill out of breaking the law, but binge drinking can lead to major harm to the individual and even death. Though this problem may happen now, no one can know if this start to decrease and the problem will start at a younger age.
We all know that kids go around our back to parties and have a few drinks with friends but not many parents will stop this. This is not good, this is what is encouraging them to be worse later on. Firstly they are testing there boundaries, which if there are none, will make them believe they can do anything and get away with it, these habits would carry on into their later years when it comes to driving and they will become reckless because they believe that they can get away with anything. Secondly we shouldn’t be encouraging underage drinking because it will inflict an addiction onto our children that is close to impossible to shake off, if the kids are getting drunk every weekend at the age of 15 or 16 imagine what would happen to those same kids at 19 or 20? Melbourne's Murdoch Children's Research institute has done a study where 1520 teenagers drinking habits have been tracked for 10 years.
The main reason that many people do not think the age limit should change is that underage kids will not be able to handle the freedom and will cause problems all over the country. In addition, younger kids will be able to get alcohol easier than before because they will be able to talk to seniors in high school about getting alcohol. Which could be true for high school kids, because the kids of age can charge them and make money from it. That being said, it may be a bad idea for the drinking age to be lowered to
Prescription drugs are becoming one of the most abused substances among teens today, but why? Teens believe a detrimental myth, that prescription medications can provide a safe high. In addition, prescription medications are more accessible to teens than illegal drugs. Prescription drug abuse among teens is a growing and serious problem that many parents are unaware of. Teens do not have to go to a drug dealer, or even leave the house to obtain prescription drugs.