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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Mohan4644 said...
Jul. 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm
you say that it wouldnt matter if it were lowered because "they'll get it anyways." what about the good 0-20 year olds who dont illegally drink? that would just give them the right to...and anyways, its a dumb idea to lower it bcuz "they'll get it anways" cuz that would just influence them to drink even more, and we would overall just have more problems. but i get your point about the military and ciggaretes but still...
Candice Y. said...
Jul. 8, 2010 at 11:16 am
The legal drinking age in Canada is 19. I believe that even if the drinking age is lowered (anywhere in the world), it wouldn't matter because the majority of drinkers are 13-16 years old. Those people would still be underage regardless if the legal drinking age was 18, 19 or 21.
Hippiechick10 said...
Jul. 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm
I don't think the drinking age should be lowered. I understand your points, but imagine if you were 18, and just crashed into a family and killed them because you were drinking before and were having the after effects. That would be a HUGE burden on a teen's shoulders. You wrote this in a way that I wouldn't have approached the subject, but it is written great.
lesliemarie replied...
Jul. 8, 2010 at 8:38 am
I don't think it should be lowered at all. I get your point. And whether it is lowered or not kids at ages 16,17,18, and so on are still going to drink and smoke and everything else. I know kids that are younger then 16 that do all this. I just think the increase of vehichle addicidents will just increase even more. But this was a great article.
autumntate2015 replied...
Jul. 8, 2010 at 10:53 am
I agree, the legal drinking age deffiantely should not be lowered.
HAWKEYESTATE4ever replied...
Jul. 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm
And it wouldn't be a huge burden on a teen's shoulders if they were drinking illegally? Somehow that doesn't make sense.
luv2write4ever replied...
Jul. 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm
Yeah, hippiechick it doesn't make sense, if the drinking age is lowered to eight teen and the kid did crash and killed the family it would still be a burden.
MCRlover2011 said...
Jun. 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm
i agree totally, at 18 you can go buy a pack of smokes and join the military, so why can't you buy and drink some alcohol?
kennedy1366 said...
Jun. 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm
Great point, I agree. at age 18 you are a legal adult, you can do basically everything move out, graduate, have your home etc. You can live by yourself and pay rent or morgage but you cant simply have alchol. My father is a politician, i will refer you to him, he could get you some serious connection, if that is alright with you
Lanier42 said...
Jun. 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm
The reason the legal drinking age is 21, in the US anyway, is because the brain is still developing into the mid 20's.
nono!! said...
Jun. 15, 2010 at 12:04 pm

if it can lower to 18, why not 17, 16. in the end, you can drink,smoke at the birth


destinylubsyo said...
Jun. 8, 2010 at 2:03 pm
they should lower it because teens at age 13 are allready smokin and drinking
freewriter_123 replied...
Sept. 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm
how does that make sense? If thats the case then it should stay high
jonyboyy1 said...
Jun. 8, 2010 at 11:42 am
it should be lowered we all have to die some day why not live your life.
ournatureofminds96 said...
Jun. 8, 2010 at 10:57 am
ha thanks(:
ñgklrhsrh said...
May 26, 2010 at 4:45 am
in seville people start smoke and drink and having drugs at 13
omnia_vincit_amor said...
May 21, 2010 at 10:51 am

I agree to a certain extent with tomboym except for the banning of alcohol.

But the only bad part is, if we were to lower the age to lawfully drink, once the door is open there is no way to close it because the damage will already be done.

I have seen the affect of drinking and drinving by several diffrent age groups and how it tears up a family and worse the person who cause the acciedent.

ANGELSTAR14 replied...
Jun. 8, 2010 at 10:44 am
I think that they shouldn't bring down the age because you get in trouble by the school and their school board,cops
Tomboy said...
May 21, 2010 at 10:24 am
I'm kind of on both sides of this.  I agree with some of the comments but the article does make sense.  I think it depends where.  Though, alchohaul should be banned and they should stop making it.  Theres always countless accidents, hunderds of side affects, ruins lives, and almost everyone says its bad anyway.  I do think that champane and wine should be ok, on special occasions.  What i'm saying is that beer and liquor should be banned.
Katie999 replied...
May 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm

I see your point completely. I would have to dissagree however. Did you know that wine has a MUCH higher alcohol content than beer and liquor?

I would suggest that only those in the military at 18 or over should be allowed to drink. If they are responsible enough, mature enough to make a decision about the course of their lives, to put their lives on the line for the sake of our fellow American's...Our young soldiers have by far EARNED  the right to consume alcohol.

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