Lowering the drinking age to 18 will lead to under age drinking in bars and nightclubs, which are known to be unsafe environments. Studies have shown that fatal car accident happen after nightclub and bar outings. About 1900 people under the age of 21 die in car accidents related to underage drinking every year.
David Woloszyn Janice Hatfield ENG-102-19 2/25/14 Keeping The Drinking Age At 21 In today’s society, the majority of individuals tend to desire achieving something that is difficult to acquire or use for personal enjoyment. This idea basically represents a vast amount teenagers, and/or young adults in college who consistently have intentions of obtaining alcohol for their own satisfaction. Likewise, mature adults like parents are also negligent when supplying alcohol to minors of family or friends. The drinking age should remain at 21 so that further traffic accidents, teen pregnancies and physical/sexual assaults may potentially remain at a minimum. These actions will direct the United States in a positive, stronger direction
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
To me she is not sure of her research and cannot back up her claims if the law was changed back to MLDA-18. “Approximately three quarters of college students’ aged18-20 years drank alcohol in the past year, although they are less likely than their peers of legal drinking age to drink and to engage in binge drinking (Wechsler and Nelson, Jun 2010).” Binge drinking has increased heavily in the last decade often leading to serious harm or even death. This can all be avoided with educating our young adults and allowing them the choice to drink or not. This is often a sign of fraternity pledging and pranks that lead to young adults who do not have the education to know when to say when. “It is indisputable that a drinking age of 21 has had harmful effects on campus life: It has soured relations between students and police.
and majority of the commercials are alcohol related. It makes me want to open a bottle of beer and start drinking. I believe images and messages from the media cause teens to drink at a younger age and make drinking seem not only acceptable, but also desirable. The media has a huge influence on young teenagers the multiple advertisements on alcoholic drinks captivates their eyes and pulls them towards drinking. Studies have shown in 2007 at John Hopkins University that, “among a
These are just a few of the problems that happen today to our teens. When young teens drink alcohol, they are more likely to abuse it more than people above the legal age; this is demonstrating that teens are more prone to alcohol abuse and should not be allowed to consume alcohol. Allowing teens to drink alcohol give them a higher chance of academic failure, and will negatively affect the
Plans to Eliminate College Binge Drinking Nearly half of today’s college student population is stumbling through the college years due to binge drinking. Binge drinking on college campuses isn’t just an issue of public health, but it’s one of self-interest. Failure to act in the face of foreseeable harm places schools at risk for damaging their academic reputations and liability lawsuits in millions of dollars. Also, students experience a wide variety of alcohol related problems including hangovers, blackouts, and engaging in unplanned sexual activity. According to Lini Kadaba’s article, Colleges Hitting the Bottle Binge Drinking Remains High, but Initiatives at Area Schools Raising Awareness, “College binge drinking is remaining in colleges due to the intractable problems that contribute to 1,700 student deaths, 599,000 injuries, and 97,000 cases of sexual assault, or date rapes.” (24).
Adults may also argue that drinking may cause kids to get in fights and cause trouble. After the drinking age went up, the percentage went from 12% to 17%. All these things are caused from irresponsible drinking. Irresponsible drinking is due to teens drinking without adult
Alcoholism is a serious medical problem in our country. Criminal justice experts have estimated that at least 75-80% of defendants included in felony crimes or serious misdemeanors were either under the influence of alcohol or drugs when they committed their crime or they did their mistake/mistakes to survive because they had lost their financial resources due to their addiction. Work productivity has been lowered due to divorce, suicide, increased medical problems, and also school drop-out rate. These are only a few problems caused by alcoholism. Studies have shown that for the most part, we have increased the probability that our child or children will not have a problem with alcohol or drugs.
This is one that has been debated upon for many years. At one time in the 1970’s the legal age to purchase alcohol was lowered to 18 in a few states, but was raised back to twenty-one for a rather disturbing reason. The number one reason that states raised the legal drinking age back to twenty one was because in 1984 federal law decrees that if a state picked anything less than twenty-one as its legal drinking age it would lose ten percent of its federal highway funds (Wilkinson, 2008). This is a manipulative way of getting the legal age changed without having to have a heated debate. Of course the states immediately changed the legal age back to twenty-one, had the age not been changed the state would have lost a considerable amount of highway funding.