Maturity is the state or quality of being fully grown or developed, says Webster’s dictionary. It is something that can not be easily measured. The legal drinking age in the United States is 21. As of now the government feels that people under that age of 21 are too immature to consume alcohol, or at least to deal with the effects alcohol can have. I agree that many eighteen and nineteen-year-olds are not mature enough to cross the street on their own, but by looking in almost any newspaper there are just as many sixty-year olds who seem to have a hard time with it too.
Hanson, and I believe that some of the reason why students drink to excess is because of that adrenaline rush they get from breaking the rules. My parents, among many other adults, have told me that once you reach the legal drinking age, getting excessively intoxicated loses its thrill. Perhaps if we were to lower the drinking age to eighteen, we would see less college students admitted to hospitals with alcohol poisoning and other alcohol related issues. Overall, a lower drinking age seems like a good idea to me. It would allow students in college to go out and enjoy themselves without being stressed out about breaking the law, as well as possibly lower the number of alcohol related injuries and incidents.
The first point people have against lowering the drinking age make is that most 18-year olds are mature enough. They believe that young adults do not know when to stop and that they will just drink until they have alcohol poisoning. The second point opposes make is that lowering the drinking age will create alcoholics. They believe that even at 18-years old people are susceptible to gaining a dependence on something like alcohol. If the drinking age is 21 then by that time they will have a strong mind to not be dependent.
Smoking and drinking are both addictive and can have negative effects if used improperly, but smoking one cigarette is more harmful than drinking one beer. If they lowered the drinking age to 18, there would be a lot fewer problems related to alcohol. Lowering the drinking age would take away the excitement of teens drinking. People who are under the age and drink see drinking as a rebellious act. Under age teens will drink less than they did before since the thrill of is gone.
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
Patrick Burns Dr. Michealian College Writing 7 December 2012 Fight at 18, Drink at 18 There has been an ongoing controversy in the United States on whether the drinking age should be lowered to 18 like most of the world or if it should stay at 21. Underage drinking has been a disputed issue for years, which begs the question: why is it not under control? Teenagers continue to buy alcohol with fake IDs, drink illegally, and get into bars. It has been proven that these underage incidents are happening on not only on college campuses but in high school settings as well. 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.
An adult is conscious enough and has enough reason to know well from bad. This is the reason why they are allowed to choose their next president and decide to go or not to war. If the youth is given the right, and needed education since high school and at home about the consumption of alcohol just like it is done with drugs, cigarettes, and sexually transmitted diseases there would not be such a problem with people 18 years-old. Cigarettes are a more dangerous habit which causes more damage to our health compared to alcohol. So then, why is the intake of alcohol not allowed until the age of 21 and the consumption of cigarettes not?
As a young adult defiance is key, when told something is illegal it is all that much more exciting to do it. This is preciously why the drinking age should be lowered to at least 18. Allowing teens to drink in controlled environments such as restaurants, pubs and official school and university functions. In these situations responsible drinking could be taught through role modeling and educational programs. Mature and sensible drinking behavior would be expected.
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.
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.