Lowering The Drinking Age
The era of prohibition lasted for few days and was proofed unsuccessful mechanism to control the social practices of Americans. However, the alcohol drinking age has remained the subject matter in policymaker’s decisions and endeavors. While the legally accepted drinking age has remained fixed at twenty one in the United States of America, many nations have revised the policy to have a broader control over the sale of alcoholic beverages. Although this policy is viable in raising a healthy nation, it is not conducive to a democratic republic which teaches freedom and liberty for all its over eighteen years’ citizens and therefore, rendering the present drinking age instinctively defective.
Arguments on Drinking Age
Despite the religious and social beliefs, there are several arguments which strongly support the present drinking age in America. The main argument in support of higher legal drinking age is that it helps to reduce road accidents caused by the dunked youth. However, if road safety is really the focal concern, then it is more helpful to rise the legal driving age. Nevertheless, nations which hold both driving and drinking age at eighteen years have safer highways compared to America.
Neuroscience at least have made a reasonable argument that, keeping the legal drinking age at twenty one assists to ensure no legal drinkers in high school. This is vital because alcohol particularly at adolescence stage damages the student brain which increases the possibility of future addiction and abuse.
However, keeping legal drinking age at twenty one put the universities and colleges in the challenging situation which requires them to educate a generation of drinkers whereby half are legally allowed to take alcoholic beverages while the other half is not. This results to vast illegal alcohol consumptions in campus which is not monitored or regulated, and thus can easily result to drinking problems.
Solutions to Illegal Drinking
Therefore, the only lasting solution which can help to settle this problem of illegal drinking among the young people is lowering the legal drinking age to eighteen years and ensure proper enforcement mechanism are used. The present system that forbids American under-twenty one from purchasing and consuming alcohol is broadly flouted with hazardous consequences.
The youth should be taught how to drink responsibly before they achieve the legal drinking age set by the government. Moreover, educating these young people on the risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption is more important than keeping the drinking age at twenty one. Adults should help adolescents to change their view on risky indulge drinking as a rite of passage.
People use alcohol for numerous reasons; peer pressure, celebration, anxiety, sadness, boredom, rebellion and insomnia are just a few. Teens fall under the category of “people”. The legal drinking age is currently twenty-one, but illegally drinking age is as low as zero. Why? Is the main question asked. I can assure you the under age drinking age percentage would drop if the age is lowered.
Few reasons for teens drinking are: peer pressure, enjoyment, etc. But the main reason for doing so is “breaking the law.” 87% of high school seniors have used alcohol. That means that a large quantity of teens under the age of seventeen to eighteen have used alcohol before. We all know why teens drink, I mean is common since. Just the feel that they get of breaking the law is huge. Being rebel and not following the rules is an important role of a teen’s life. Consequences are the one that change them, but we don’t want them to experience the consequences of being under the influence of alcohol because we know them and they are fatal. Dying in a car accident and killing others is a mess that we don’t want to clean.
Despite the fact that is illegal for young teens to purchase it, they are able to get it through their parent’s own liquor cabinets, unscrupulous store clerks, or older friends who purchase it for them. As we all see, is not hard for teens to obtain alcohol. Why not lower the drinking age then? I mean any way you put it, they are getting it.
We have all heard of the famous saying “we want you to join the military and protect your country.” Blah blah blah. Well, you are telling me that I can legally kill someone at the age of eighteen, while I sign up with the military and go to war but I can’t have a sip of alcohol. Due to this none senseless situation, age should be equaled. In other words, if voting and military sign up is eighteen, then drinking should also be eighteen. Besides at the age of eighteen you are legally an adult. Why can’t we drink then?
Drinking age in Australia is eighteen, and in UK is as low as sixteen in restaurants. Studies have showed that those teens/adults are perfectly fine. In fact, Dr. Ruth Engs; professor of Applied Health Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington, uses this examples to propose the following: “……the drinking age be lowered to about 18 or 19 and permit those of legal age to consume in socially controlled environment such as restaurants and official school and university functions” (direct quote from Dr. Engs).
Drinking age should be lowered, and I know that by lowering it we can drop the percentage of reckless teen alcohol abusers. It is worth trying it , and if everything goes the opposite then change the law once more (which is done lots of times, for dumb reasons) and raise the drinking age back to twenty-one. Changes are always good (most of the times), and I know this one in particular is an excellent one.