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.
This makes them want to be a rebel and try out what it is they are being kept away from. The fact that they don’t know when they will be able to drink again is the reason most college students tend to get overly drunk when they get a chance which can lead to many serious problems such as death. Keeping the drinking age at 21 sends the wrong message that alcohol represents maturity, which leads teens to want to drink alcohol to appear more mature. If the drinking age was lowered there would be no peer pressure to drink, and young adults could learn how to handle alcohol responsibly at home from their parents. Another reason the drinking age should be lowered is because in the United States you are considered a legal adult at 18.
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.
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 likely hood of a person becoming a alcoholic because of drinking at a younger age such as 18 is greater than someone that waits till he or she is 21. The addiction of alcohol is greater on the younger less developed brains and bodies. the longer a person can delay alcohol use, the better the chance is that a person will never have a problem with alcohol. The majority of alcoholics had a drink before the age of 21 and at the age of 18. in conclusion the drinking age should stay at 21 and not changed to 18. Some people may say that being exposed to alcohol at a younger age will help people understand the effects but in fact the earlier the person is exposed to alcohol the more likely there will be problems.
Leaving the drinking age at twenty-one will not necessarily stop underage drinking, but will definitely continue to disable many underage drinkers from drinking more. Finally, if teenagers being more prone to being seriously hurt, dropping out and/or going to jail, or even just hurting his/her athletic or academic potential is a good thing, then do not be one for lowering the drinking age to twenty
The age limit for alcohol is based on research showing that young people respond differently to alcohol. Teenagers get drunk twice as fast as adults, but have more difficulty knowing when to stop. Adolescents exaggerate and compulsive more often than adults. Alcohol is the drug of choice among youth. Many young people are experiencing the consequences of drinking too much, at too early an age.
This method helps the children to know how to behave with alcohol and also does not give them the urge to sneak around and act a fool with alcohol. The third reason is that traffic accidents and deaths will occur no matter what the legal drinking age is. There are many adults over 21 that get DUI’s or that have been in accidents. It is due to being irresponsible with the alcohol age may have nothing to do with it. The fourth reason is if the drinking age was lowered it would make drinking more of a social, normal, and casual thing.
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.