However, these teenagers also live in fear of getting caught for drinking and thus, consume their alcohol in unsafe environments; typically, these dwellings are where they can “escape” disturbances and predicaments, but usually encounter more. These environments are generally unsupervised and in groups of “children” that are ignorant of responsible drinking habits. Due to their apprehension of being caught, teenagers tend to never confess to an adult of the troubles they encountered as they drank and, therefore, may further affect their experience. Thus, if the drinking age was lowered to eighteen, a teenager would have the ability to be more straightforward with their drinking and would be able to drink in more supervised locations. They would also begin to drink in moderation since there is no longer the appeal of a “forbidden” rebellion.
The drinking age isn't meant to be a big deal, but the first couple years of lowering the drinking age could cause many students to be reckless. There are many responsibilities that come along with drinking at a low age, most importantly drinking and driving. Lowering the age will reduce all such problems, but at first will seem extremely hectic. Lowering the current drinking age of 21-and-over will allow young Americans, most of who are perfectly capable of drinking responsibly; to no longer drink in private or in short amounts of time, thus alleviating potentially dangerous conditions. Drinking privately is extremely unsafe and when kids are in a situation they can't handle, they can then ask for help.
Secondly, If US could change the drinking age to 18, less people will abuse alcohol. It doesn’t have sense wait to have Twenty years old the age that you're considered an adult under the law, and have the same right to drink alcohol at 18, If the age were lowered that would help promote a culture of responsible alcohol use. 18-year olds person would often go to bars rather than house parties, and wouldn't feel like they had to hide what they were doing. In turn, this would lead to less fatality from alcohol abuse. Also, lowering the drinking age would be a good thing not only for the economy, but also to prevent so many young people from breaking the law so much.
Evidence it can work/FACT/citations: A teen from Kentucky University said that “Yes, lowering that drinking age would help because it wouldn’t be seen as the forbidden fruit, and it would be less tempting” 3. Drawbacks (cons/negatives): Lowering the drinking age will make alcohol less of a taboo, take away the thrill that many young people get from breaking the law, and make alcohol consumption a more normalized activity done in moderation. B. Possible Solution #2 - Lowering the drinking age in general would be more of a success than the 21-age law. 1.
In a sense it acts as a factor of reverse psychologically, by making the alcohol illegal to youth, it tempts them to want to drink even more. In few studies it shows that children who are not being subjected to not drink alcohol, actually do not need protection from such laws. These children have freedom to learn the ways of drinking in the comfort of their own homes and not deal with the stress of hiding drinking habits by family. Also with being allowed to drink at home, it prevents the youth from learning dangerous drinking habits from peers, when rather their have adult figures to guide them with their drinking. They learn how to control their drinking and what to expect from the effects of the alcohol (Nayak 141-142).
Don’t get me wrong I do agree that there should be an age requirement on alcoholic beverages however not at the age of 21. The fact that teenagers become adults at the age of eighteen proves that purchasing and consuming alcohol should be part of being “an adult.” At the age of eighteen one is deemed an adult and with this comes benefits and great responsibility. As an adult you are able to drive, attend college purchase cigarettes, vote, fight for you country, apply for social security, go to jail, and most importantly you are no longer your parents responsibity. Because of all these responsibilities. I believe that purchasing and consuming alcohol should be added to this long list of things.
They would be more likely to drink one or two more cans of soda rather than eating a snack or a full meal. Of course people need food to survive, but the extra calories they consume with sugar-sweetened beverages are not essential to a healthy lifestyle. In the past, taxes on tobacco have been extremely effective in reducing consumption. The goal with the soda tax is it could produce the same results. I feel as though the parents of today’s generation do not have as much of an impact on their children like they used too.
Lowering the drinking age, I feel would be the best solution to solving the underground drinking problem, it would allow for drinking to be more “open.” Having the drinking age at 21 allows for there to me more difficulty in keeping track of the kids who use it because they do it secretly and tend to abuse it more. If the drinking age was lowered across the world, I think there would less binge drinking amongst the teens and would allow for the elders to have more control over the consumption of alcohol. Drinking at any age under 18 should not be allowed but once you turn 18 you should be allowed to drink legally. When one turns 18 they assume adult penalties, are allowed to vote, die for their country, and even get married. So why can’t they enjoy a few beers legally?
The more normal and accepted alcohol becomes, the easier it is for people to ignore the dangers of alcohol abuse. Second is a social pressure; many of us have had our first drink from some kind of social pressure. Maybe it was a group of friends having their first underage party. If you think colleague pressure would stop after high school and college, for many peoples it does not. For example, visiting friends or special events such as weddings or family reunions may also include social pressure and expectations to drink.
This may cause them to land up being in a situation like the one presented in the two adverts. They do not reflect my experience of alcohol as I myself do not drink excessively. I believe that one should respect the age limit of drinking as it is there for a reason. However I do believe that both these adverts apply to teenagers all around the world as it's not just British teens getting drunk but it's teenagers from all around the world who face the same