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Drinking Age Should Be Lowered


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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Adam W. said...
Feb. 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm:
well then no matter what they will just keep lowering it
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nav291 said...
Feb. 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm:
saying the underage drinking percentage will be llower if the age is lowered is the dumbest thing i have heard all day. you know the murder rate would go down if it was made legal because it wouldn't be murder anymore. why are people so obsessed with drinking? i've never done it and never will but know that it isn't good for anymore. there are plenty of fun things one can do besides drinking. reading, video games, go see a movie with friends. in my opinion alcohol should be destroyed and anyone... (more »)
AelissNovak replied...
May 20, 2012 at 12:25 am :
I agree with the first bit, but 'everyone caught with it should be shot?' What? Shooting someone because of drinking would be much worse than drunk driving. If someone wanted to have a bit because it tastes good is that a reason to kill him? Or even if they are drinking because they are depressed or like the feeling it gives them there is no reason to shoot them. Most people who drink are not a danger to anyone. My dad occasionaly drinks a little beer. He always does it at home, no... (more »)
ChickenLegHouse replied...
Sept. 21, 2012 at 6:54 am :
So you support murder, good to know. Nobody should ever be shot, I don't care who it is.
Aeliss-Novak replied...
Sept. 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm :
I didn't say that...
ChickenLegHouse replied...
Sept. 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm :
Oh, no that was at nav291. I agree with you.
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Mzprettygurl said...
Feb. 2, 2012 at 10:44 am:
it should be lower because it just wont teenager wont to break the law more if its stay the same or get higher
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tina1000 said...
Feb. 1, 2012 at 8:13 am:
davidbliss you have a point but you ever think that it because the people that are saying this are over the age of 21 and can drink and the people under the age say this is a good idea. it because there under age they do it but then again you where under age once and you tryed to do it to and when you where 18 you wanted the law to be down? did you not?
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Snoopy12 said...
Jan. 31, 2012 at 8:15 pm:
I absolutely disagree. The reason behind the minimum drinking age comes from many reasons. One: the health defect. It is dangerous and abusive to a young teen's body and can lead to serious damage. By lowering the age limit you are providing an easier way for teens to get a hold of alcohol, and therefore also alowing them to consume more, easily. This can only lead to more negative effects. The people who break the law most often are people who don't shot for a bright future. They may come from... (more »)
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420budmon said...
Jan. 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm:
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Corey D. said...
Jan. 31, 2012 at 7:58 am:
Are you crazy we should so lower it why risk getting arrested
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DavidBliss said...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm:
When you stated in the first paragraph, “I can assure you the under age drinking age percentage would drop if the age is lowered” It’s not true. Why? Because if the drinking age goes down, so will the age of kids wanting to drink. Its a cycle. A lot of teens who try drinking at a younger age (17-20) are because soon they will be able to drink, and in our society, its considered to be an adult when you can drink. But if the drinking age goes down, to let’s say (18) then kids who are 14 ... (more »)
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purple678 said...
Jan. 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm:
I disagree because if you lower the drinking age then more teenagers are going to start drinking because they know it's okay to drink; which it's not.
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TMS7A said...
Jan. 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm:
i really disagree!! Why would you do that? whats the point? kids are going to do it anyway! JUST DONT DRINK! I am pretty sure that the law will never change! Why would they listen to us Teenagers???
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Tori:))) said...
Jan. 11, 2012 at 10:45 am:
I dis agree... i dont think it is a good idea
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Mike123 said...
Jan. 9, 2012 at 11:41 pm:
Mtizzle replied...
Jan. 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm :
umm you really cant kill when your 18 or any age legally and alchol is like a poisin your liver may be able to neutralize it but constent consumption would kill you
Snoopy12 replied...
Jan. 31, 2012 at 8:17 pm :
Yeah, really! i also disagree with the article. Please read my post... it explains much about my reasoning.
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DayDreaamer said...
Jan. 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm:
I don't fully disagree with you.. I agree a lot more with Steph0804. Most people don't follow the Drinking Age just to impress friends. So if the age was lowered, then younger kids would be drinking. Either way there are always going to be those people who won't follow the rules.. So it does not matter anyways.
DayDreaamer replied...
Jan. 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm :
If teenagers would not take advantage of this right and wouldn't abuse it, maybe it would be more debatable. But since this world is So messed up these days, I think there are enough people dying of drunk-driving accidents. There does not need to be any more!
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