Drinking Age Should Be Lowered

May 18, 2008
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.

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yoyowasup8 said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 7:16 am
i think that the legal age for drinking should be lowered to at least 13 or 14 what's the point if u already do it any ways!!!! people do it any ways and they break the law any ways SO LET THEM DO IT!!!!
SaMiLoVe97 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm
are you always rude to people? god. theyr allowed to put their opinions out there, and so are you. but its not okay to be down right nasty to someone. quit jumping on everyone for everything they say just because they dont have the same beliefs as you. mmmmkay? thanks.(:
Meko8195 replied...
Jun. 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm
Just stating an opinion. And if others dont agree with mine i argue because i dont want people to end up like my idiot friends and kill people.
Lama_lana said...
May 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm
It should be lowerd for people going into the army. You should be able to have one last drink before you go to fight for your country cuz more then likely it could be your last
Meko8195 replied...
Jun. 5, 2011 at 7:15 am
Nah. Not many people die during the war. :) it's a misconception led by the media.
SaMiLoVe97 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm
not that many people die during the war???? whoah. yah tell that to the millions of families missing a person who was close to them. wow. your ridiculous.
Meko8195 replied...
Jun. 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm
If you do your research the number of dead from the war we are currently in is around 6500. Mot a million. The media inflate the idea of death in the war to attract people who are concerned. Its a fact cuz lets face it. This isnt World war 2 where we are unprepared. Our men are well equiped and trained by the best. So no...no millions...thousands. Thousands of families are missing someone they lost to the war but so are the thousands of families that have lost some one to a freakin idiot who dra... (more »)
ToriM17 said...
May 25, 2011 at 9:00 am
i so aqree with you
Roxanne29 said...
May 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm


Really? I like in england and the age here is 18! But so many young people are getting hold of alchol anyway... In the US i dont think lowering it will make a difference, same as it wouldnt have a thing here. If people want to drink, then surley they will find a way to get it, no matter what the age limit is?.... love the post, just i think it wouldnt make a differnce. You would change it to 18 but i bet there would be the youngers ones who didnt really drink before who would re... (more »)

FOBlover said...
May 15, 2011 at 5:06 am
i think the drinking age is set due to the maturity and development of the liver. if we expose children essentially to alchohol when their livers are not fully formed this could result to a rise in liver problems in both the uk and the us although the drinking age in the uk is 18 i feel that this is anappropriate age for women because of their earlier development now i am not a sexist person but i think the us drinking age is directed more at the developmental rate of men and i also think that w... (more »)
123456789james said...
May 13, 2011 at 7:47 am
ilovedayna said...
May 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm
i see where you come from but i disagree. being a teenager, my peers often do impulsive things and i don't think our bodies are developed enough yet to put alcohol in them. yes i know that it's thought of as "cool" to some people, and some people think they'll be fine, but if you read up on the effects on the body it's really not smart to drink at all. i don't know how it could be legal when it could effect someone's course of life so early. 
ben dover said...
May 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm
i think the drinking age should be lowerd to 13. i think 13 year olds could handle dinking. i have been drinking sence i was 10 years old and i am doing just fine!
quentin-arehart replied...
May 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm
Are you kidding? That's like the most  terrbile thing someone your age could do! If you're not kidding, then you're really messing up your body. Quit.
Saffy96 replied...
May 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm
I don't think it quite needs to be that low - just low enough for mature teens to not consider it an amazing rebellious thing, just a normal choice that isn't that excited. Drinking is fine, but when it's turned into a rebellious, illegal, brilliant thing to do to get drunk - teens get the wrong idea.
ilovedayna replied...
May 12, 2011 at 10:48 pm
ben dover, i'm pretty sure that a lot of people don' t have much respect for you, sharing that you've been drinking for three years and you're only thirteen. just throwing that out there to help with social skills a little bit for later on in life.
Meko8195 replied...
May 13, 2011 at 11:55 am
Yeah and guess what! people who drink before the age of fourteen have a higher risk of developing a mental disease. Seems like you might already be on the start of that one though....I mean 13 is ridiculous. You obviously don't have the maturity to understand how to react to peoples comment but heres a suggestion. DON'T REACT. :) it wont help anyways.
yoyoyoyoyo replied...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 7:20 am
if there mature enough to do it let them and if they can handle it let them
Meko8195 replied...
Jun. 5, 2011 at 7:11 am
 Im failing to see your logic. but obviously what ur telling me is that you want to see 13 year olds trippin on there own feet, killing there liver, and possibly themselves? So...WHY NOT! I mean obviously Alchole is healthy since its americas most consumed TOXIN. :\ Yeah....totally see where your coming from.
Sayaren replied...
Jun. 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Please stop acting like a martyr just because your friends made a stupid decision. It was their decision to make, not yours, and they made the wrong one. If you want to argue about the harm it can do, then do it in a reasonable (not hysterical and fanatical) way that doesn't irritate everyone. Present your argument logically and don't flip your lid when someone disagrees. There will be people who will disagree with you over everything because we're all individuals with our own thoughts, opini... (more »)

Meko8195 replied...
Jul. 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm
It may have been there own stupid decision but they still died. They also killed innocent people. I miss themthats true and i get so freakin POed at these idiots who think its okay because i know for a fact that people even at the age of 21 cant handle alcohol ...And BTW Im smart enough to know that logic doesnt work with these guys. If it did then noone would drink because they tell you in health, movies, even at home. I dont think youunderstand the sever pain people got through..especiall... (more »)
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