Drinking Age Should Be Lowered.

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Name: Leow Peng Shen Class: DB6 Tutor: MS Liyana Shazleen Mohd Nizar MAT: J15017331 Why the drinking age should not be lowered Alcohol belongs to the category of psychoactive substances one can legally buy in almost any country, according to certain criteria. Most often it is about age; in the majority of cases, it is set to 21 years old. However, in a number of countries such as Australia, China or Russia, it is set to 18 years old. Considering that alcohol can lead to unpredictable behaviour and other negative consequences, the drinking age should not be lowered. One of the first associations which come to our mind when talking about alcohol is driving. In our country, having a car is always seen from the age when a teenager is allowed to receive a driving license. Teenagers among 18 to 20 years old was found connected to drunk driving can caused high percentage of car accidents. Respectively, if youth were allowed to consume alcohol from younger age, the index of car accidents would necessarily be much higher. The medical irresponsibility of allowing teenagers to drink alcohol on a legal basis is also obvious to those who have basic knowledge. Consuming alcohol on a regular basis can negatively affect the development of an individual’s brain’s frontal lobes, which are responsible for emotional regulations, as well as planning and organizing. Underage individuals who consume alcohol put themselves at more risks of addiction, decreased ability of decision-making, tend to behave less responsibly, and may become violent, depressed, and even prone to suicide. The so called “trickle-down effect”, well known to sociologists, is another reason against lowering drinking age which should be taken into consideration. This effect implies to individuals who already have a right to purchase alcohol and consume alcohol, while also tend to buy it for their younger
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