Drinking Age Should Be Lowered

May 18, 2008
By Harold Gonzalez, Wyoming, MI

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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boblover said...
on Apr. 6 2012 at 8:21 am
Shut up. No one wants to hear that. When you're eight teen, you tak eon responsibilities.

on Mar. 25 2012 at 10:03 pm
I found this to be very helpful for my assignment. I enjoy your opinion, though I do with that you had put more thought into sources for your examples and had a proof reader. I would strongly suggest a proof reader before turning this essay in to any teacher. 

Mr. Truth said...
on Mar. 20 2012 at 6:52 pm

loving crow said...
on Mar. 15 2012 at 5:39 pm
That is quite an interesting theroy, that could either end in a great sucess or a major fail. If we lower the drinking age more people will be allowed to drink, though since more people can drink less people will be pressured into drinking if it is more common and they have a choice. Like I said quite an interesting theroy, but also a very dangerous one. 

adam walker said...
on Feb. 22 2012 at 8:16 pm
adam walker, Dawson, Nebraska
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well then no matter what they will just keep lowering it

nav291 said...
on 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 caught with it should be shot. too many people are out driving while intoxicated and people think it is all a big joke. i wonder how they will feel when they are or more importantly their child is killed because of it

Mzprettygurl said...
on 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

tina1000 said...
on Feb. 1 2012 at 8:13 am
tina1000, Monroe, North Carolina
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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?

on Jan. 31 2012 at 8:17 pm
Andrea_Kolarova BRONZE, Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Yeah, really! i also disagree with the article. Please read my post... it explains much about my reasoning.

on Jan. 31 2012 at 8:15 pm
Andrea_Kolarova BRONZE, Hendersonville, North Carolina
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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 broken homes, horrible school enviroments, ect. Another reason: addiction. From your first drink your body becomes a little more tolerant and drawn to the poison. With drunkeness comes bad choices. Keeping the drinking age will even lower teen birth rates! who wants to be raised by a 14 or 15 year old mom... and you don't know your father (who left after his poor descision that may have benn influenced by alcohol)? Alcohol is NOT the answer, and neither is lowering the drinking age. A better solution: EDUCATION. You need to educate young people about the negative effects of using alcohol... especialy for teens. You may say that this method will not reach or convince teens, but they now know the facts. If they KNOWINGLY use alcohol or do not have the courage to resist peer pressure, they might as well toss their life away with that empty bottle. They are ruining it anyway. Also the knowledge will reach those who listen... the ones who want to succeed, to prevail in life. Not the ones who don't have a care in the world and want to booze it away. Thank you for reading, Andie K. *Please, this doesn't apply to every teen, or every situation... but take notice- it may as well apply to you or anyone you know.*

on Jan. 31 2012 at 1:54 pm
TerraAnimusPatronus BRONZE, Eden, North Carolina
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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

420budmon said...
on Jan. 31 2012 at 12:41 pm

on Jan. 31 2012 at 7:58 am
Corey Dougherty, Sicklerville, New Jersey
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Are you crazy we should so lower it why risk getting arrested

on Jan. 23 2012 at 7:29 pm
DavidBliss BRONZE, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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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 might think that its ok to drink. So really, if the drinking age went down, the percentage of underage drinkers stays the same.

on Jan. 18 2012 at 2:26 am
NeverBroken BRONZE, Chesterfield, Virginia
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13??? That's just too much, even 16 is a no. I agree it should be lowered but not that low. Kids nowadays already are having to grow up too fast and you want them to be allowed to drink at 13? *shaking my head* you must be young yourself to think this. Trust me you have a lot to growing up to do. Besides who wants their kid drinking at the age of thirteen? Or even sixteen? It would be a miracle if it even gets lowered to eighteen.

on Jan. 18 2012 at 2:20 am
NeverBroken BRONZE, Chesterfield, Virginia
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I agree with you. Besides when your a kid-depending where you grew up, and around who- you don't have the urge to drink or want to break the laws. When you get older though you want to rebel, and what better way to rebel than by breaking the law? And aren't your considered an adult when you turn eighteen? Yet you can't drink? It's just plain stupid. The drinking age should be lowered to eighteen. If we are adults when we turn eighteen then we have the right to make adult decisions like if we want to drink or not. Besides it would take all the fun out of it if its legal to drink when you're eighteen and I'm sure lots of people will at first love it and buy drinks all the time but they will then get bored of it and not see it as much fun anymore.

purple678 said...
on Jan. 17 2012 at 7:52 pm
purple678, The Woodlands, Texas
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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.

TMS7A said...
on 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???

Tori:))) said...
on Jan. 11 2012 at 10:45 am
I dis agree... i dont think it is a good idea

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on Jan. 9 2012 at 11:41 pm

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