Underage Drinking is Harmful Alcohol is a substance that is very dangerous and if used incorrectly or immaturely, the consequences can harm the users and the ones around them extremely. People have been debating the drinking age for years now, whether it should be lowered to 18 or kept at 21. In 1970, 29 states lowered their drinking age, and things were catastrophic; needless to say, they all raised the drinking age by 1976. Alcohol is a drug; in fact, it is the most widely used drug in the world. People abuse alcohol all the time, especially teens.
Every year in the United States, countless college students acquire underage drinking citations and are eventually charged with underage drinking. These charges are a black spot on the permanent record of said students and greatly affect their ability to get a job after they graduate. The fact that the number of students charged with underage drinking do not change from year to year clearly indicates that students who are not of legal age are going to continue to consume alcohol regardless of the law. That being said, why haven’t we considered lowering the drinking age to eighteen? I believe that this reason and many other reasons should steer us as a country to consider finally lowering the legal age of consumption of alcohol.
I think that if you grow up around a legal drinking age of 18 instead of 21 kids would mature more at any earlier age. I think that the fact that teens cannot drink legally makes them want to drink more, and go crazy. Colleges all over the world have been starting an
Whether the legal drinking age should be lowered to eighteen or remain at twenty one is a big issue right now to lots of people. The younger crowd will most likely argue that it should be lowered to eighteen, but they have many legit reasons why it should be. The legal drinking age should be lowered because it is already easily accessible to them, the percentage of reckless teen alcohol abusers will be reduced and also because at the age of eighteen you are legally considered an adult. Almost all teens between the ages of 14-17 have tried alcohol before. Majority of the time it is given to them by someone between the ages of 18-21.
So then, why is the intake of alcohol not allowed until the age of 21 and the consumption of cigarettes not? To be an adult signifies; responsibility and maturity. The education starts from home, since little kinds we learn from our parents and adults around us, from our expressions to how to drive, to how to control alcohol in a responsible manner. If given a good education at home as well as in school about alcohol and its consequences, there would not be a problem with an 18 year-old person drinking. Just like it is given the right to vote, go to war, and get married among many other things it should also be given the right to drink since they are considered adults.
The fourth reason is if the drinking age was lowered it would make drinking more of a social, normal, and casual thing. It would give adults a chance to teach young adults how to drink responsible and in moderation. This could result in making alcohol less appealing to young adults and may cut
Most teens are opened up to alcohol when they turn 18, which is the legal age to be considered an adult by the United States’ government, or their first semester of college. When teens first start drinking they do not know how to handle drinking alcohol. Most all college students participate in “pre-gaming”, which is where the kids will drink in their dorm room or other unsupervised places before they go out to a party or a get together. If we lowered the drinking age from 21 to 18 it would have more pros come out of it than cons such as it would teach kids more responsibility by taking alcohol classes and going through a process similar to the procedure someone has to go through to get their license, there would be a lower number of kids drinking
If the age was lowered, the cops would have a lot less on their hands and could stop dealing with underage intoxicated kids all night and focus on more important issues. Also, lowering the drinking age would mean that freshmen and sophomores in college would be able to buy their own alcohol, instead of using risky means to come by it. Some people argue that lowering the drinking age to eighteen, it would cause kids to start drinking even younger. While this is a possibility, it is not nearly as likely for fifteen year olds to start drinking three years from when they’re legal, because they still live at home. If the drinking age varied from state to state kids from nearby states would go to the lowered drinking age states to drink which would cause more accidents.
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.
Instead of trying to prevent every American under the age 21 from consuming any alcohol, there needs to be more government programs to educate younger people on the problems that alcohol can have, if inappropriately consumed. If the drinking age is lowered and mandatory classes on alcohol consumption are made, Americans would start making smarter decisions about alcohol in general. On the other hand, a lot of people say that if the drinking age were lowered to 18 people would abuse it. Americans aren't used to the idea of drinking casually. Drinking in the US has become an abusive activity that some people cannot control.