However many of them had opinions, but no facts to back it up. I realize that many people under the age of 21 cannot handle alcohol. I believe that at the age of 18 you should be able to consume, and purchase alcohol. If you’re able to smoke cigarettes or fight for your country there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to drink. Substance abuse is a huge factor, but that is the choice the user made.
The main problem occurs when students resort to binge drinking. “Allowing 18-20-year-olds to drink alcohol in regulated environments with supervision would decrease unsafe drinking activity.” (Procon, 2013). The prohibiting of this age group from drinking in monitored establishments encourage the drinking to be done in unsupervised places, such as frat houses, sorority houses, or house parties, this could in turn began the binge drinking and other unsafe behavior. Binge drinking leads to several serious problems. Injuries that result from binge drinking include, but are not
Lowering the Drinking Age Would be a Mistake There has been an ongoing controversy in the United States for many years on whether or the not the drinking age should be lowered to 18 or stay at 21. Underage drinking arises in high school and only continues to get worse in college. Students are continuing buying alcohol through fake identification cards, getting into bars and drinking illegally. This process is completely unsafe but it is not as dangerous as to what would happen if the drinking age was lowered to 18. Various individual s such as students and adults think that lowering the drinking age would have a positive effect more than a negative one.
Is it right for those 18-20 to be denied alcohol consumption? Are they responsible enough to consume it? Despite the opposition insisting that drinking earlier on will only lead to potential harm for those under 21, an 18 year old is considered an adult, can serve in the military, can vote, and ultimately, should be allowed to make his or her own choices regarding alcohol consumption. As Ruth Engs, a professor of Health Sciences at Indiana University once stated, “the twenty-one year old drinking age law is not working, and is counterproductive, it behooves us as a nation to change our current prohibition law and to teach responsible drinking techniques for those who chose to consume alcoholic beverages (Eng, 1999).” To make an educated decision on the debate, however, both sides of the argument need to be evaluated. Why should the drinking age stay at 21?
Underage people are finding it too easy to get their hands on a drink, they simply have to be left home alone and they can take alcohol from their parent’s cupboard or they can simply ask an older friend to buy them a drink. If the drinking age is lifted to 21 then they will have fewer friends who are old enough to buy alcohol legally and supply them with it and with parental help, maybe locking their alcohol cupboard, raising the legal drinking age to 21 will help lower the terrible statistics on young teenagers drinking and make sure they have long-term health and
Clearly there are many reasons why drinking age should be lowered to 18, the most obvious being that too many people are drinking before they are 21. Liquor stores, bars, and clubs all want to make money, and if they can get away with selling to underage teens, then they will. By now is it obvious that the law has not succeeded in preventing the under-21 group from drinking? There are multiple facts that provide reasons why the
Goodpaster 1 Instructor: WR 60 23 October 2013 Alcohol: Emotional Effects Caused From Under Aged Drinkers This day in age; more and more kids don’t think about the damaging effects alcohol can do to a young adult’s body and mind. I am not speaking of the physical damage that it may cause, but rather the emotional turmoil that may occur. Consequences are always inevitable and may change a person’s life forever. To drink under age because it is seen as “cool” is not a good enough reason to risk changing one’s life forever. Drinking alcohol before the age of Twenty-one is not healthy.
This is illegal, what if I get caught? These entire questions ran through my mind a as I reached for the red plastic cup. I thought again this is illegal but I want to have a good time. So I took the cup, filled it with beer and started drinking. I knew that it was illegal to drink until you turned the age of twenty one.
Lowering The Age Will Lower The Deaths “’Drinking is Fun’ and ‘There’s Nothing You Can Do About It’: The Problem With the 21-Year-Old Minimum Drinking Age” an essay by Dr. Reginald Fennell, found in the Journal of American College Health, focuses on the effects of the minimum drinking age on college students. Fennell explains the benefits of lowering the drinking and gives alternatives to the current law. This article is of interest to readers since society seems to have a strong opinion of whether the drinking age should remain the same or be lowered. When a teenager turns eighteen, they have all the legal rights of an adult with the exception of consuming and purchasing alcohol. The author feels strong about his opinion.
They think it should be lowered to 18 for many reasons. For one, being 18 means one is technically an adult and are able to smoke, vote, and register to serve our country, then why can’t you have a beer with some friends? This makes one an adult and see adults drinking all the time, but you are not able to just seems unfair. One could be going out to war and putting their life on the line, but when they come back, they are not able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with some friends may seem outrageous to them. The television promotes drinking all the time too.