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Drinking Age Should Be Lowered

May 18, 2008
By Anonymous

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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rawr5 said...
on Jan. 5 2010 at 2:17 pm
i think if your an "adult" at 18 then you should be able to drink and smoke.

on Jan. 2 2010 at 12:03 pm
Danielle Owens GOLD, ASHLAND, Ohio
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i totally agree with you... it should be 25... i think drinking is a lame exuse for talking to someone... they just spill all thier emotions into the drinking and dont control thereself!!!!

on Jan. 2 2010 at 12:00 pm
are you kidding me. we have enough problems of older people above 21 drinking and driving. everyone knows what that leads too... death!!! just because you like to drink doesnt mean that you can just say i want it to be a younger age... i know its your opinon... but really? i think this is one of the worst things in america... drinking causes problems with police and peoples life... i really do think that poeple should have special treatment if they drink more than 3 times a week. if I was aloud to drink imagine if someone got really mad at another person.. i wouldnt be able 2 control myself because i would be poisoned by the beer... i agree with the celebration... but laws are laws... they are there for a reason.. not to be broken!

Evaspie BRONZE said...
on Jan. 1 2010 at 6:37 am
Evaspie BRONZE, Lewiston, Idaho
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The younger age you start drinking the greater chance you would become an alcoholic, which if you haven't grown up with one you really shouldn't be writting this stuff. Lowering the drinking age would be no different than allowing kids to smoke.. They do it because they can. There are many risk factors as well... Many 18 year olds are not mature enough to drink. They will do stupid things like any teen would. The police already have enough problems with the people over 21 do you really think they want to add more younger teens? Not to mention the brain is not developed until you are 21. People are stupid enough already.. we don't need more by killing teen's brain cells.

Jubilee BRONZE said...
on Dec. 29 2009 at 10:21 am
Jubilee BRONZE, Brainerd, Minnesota
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no. saying that would mean to arrest over 80% of junior and seniors. so how about not. and i don't think it should be up to athorities to make decisions for teens. they can do it themselves and if they get in trouble its there fault they got caught. Teens aren't idiots. They know alcohol isn't good for them and they know bad things could happen and no matter how much people push them or us including that i'm a teen... they will rebel because thats what we do. we don't say oh were going to rebel but we eventually just get sick of what people are pushing us to do when, we want to make our own decisions and find out who we are and see where life leads us. not all teens drink underage but that had to be there decision. because if a teen wants to drink. its so easy to find alcohol. just don't judge it just on teens. the most people i've heard in the news of drunk driving and killing what how many people are usually old men. its a statistic. I know wayy more guys over the age of 30 that have DWIs and some who have killed. so don't think holding the age off is doing anything

Jubilee BRONZE said...
on Dec. 29 2009 at 10:10 am
Jubilee BRONZE, Brainerd, Minnesota
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If your not in, your out.

People don't understand! i think the age should be 18. and excatly the reasons you said. killings voting smoking cigs but not to drink is outrageous? there would be way less underage drinking and way less fatal injuries. teenagers aren't idiots they don't just do it because its cool or there breaking the law. its to have fun and there going to do it no matter what. but if the age was 18 maybe they would actually learn to be responsible faster. idk if i'm even making sense but i thought about the age lowering for a long time and idc what old moms think or boring people who were stuck in there house too long to know what the real world is like. Would you rather your kid have a minor and be sent to jail or be 18 and tell you excatly what there going to do? idk it just doesn't make sense to me why people are so against this. if its because of the health thing.. well boo the hell hoo. these days anything and everything is harming your body so might as well start early. like it said it won't stop anyone from not drinking. they either start when there 21 and go crazy or start when there 18 and even out the craziest

on Dec. 25 2009 at 9:54 pm
nothingbutme BRONZE, Port Jefferson Station, New York
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Lowering the age would cause alotof trouble. Parents couldnt stop kids from drinking and getting drunk. I feel this will make the situation worse.

on Dec. 23 2009 at 6:48 pm
I'm sorry but I disagree with you. I think you should be 25 before you start drinking. Most people by then are out of collage and don't have homework to do.

ash2011 GOLD said...
on Dec. 22 2009 at 5:29 pm
ash2011 GOLD, Middletown, Ohio
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The drinking age deff should be lowered! i even read in an article that if it was lowered that it could make teens less likely to go wild on drinking binges in college since they already experienced it. but oh well everyone drinks still anyways

on Dec. 22 2009 at 3:13 pm
RedvinesWTHCantTheyDo GOLD, Zephyrhills, Florida
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"If you don't die for something, I'll kill you for nothing."~ Lauren Lopez in Starship

As a teenager your body is still developing, and can be damaged by the effects of alcohol. Just because teens abuse the law for the legal drinking age doesn't mean we should lower that age just so it will be legal if they do drink. It just means that law enforcement needs to be harder on those teens who do.

on Dec. 9 2009 at 3:40 pm
kaura123 SILVER, Huntington Beach, California
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I think the drinkning age in america is perfectly fine. At 16 you have just gotten your liscence and at age 18 you are becoming an adukt. PArt of being an adult is making good decisions. Hundreds of people doe a year because if drunk driving. No way in h*** should we lower the drinking age.

adelade BRONZE said...
on Dec. 8 2009 at 10:10 pm
adelade BRONZE, Columbus, Ohio
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First of all, I'm pretty sure if the drinking age was lower a lot of more people would be drinking. Also, if your drink on a weekly/monthly basis, no matter what age I'm pretty sure your not drinking because you feel like rebelling.

on Dec. 8 2009 at 8:49 am
Cassie143 BRONZE, North Anson, Maine
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Don't you think that killing someone at age 18 can have an affect on the brain? How could you live with yourself knowing that you took another life... But to drink is a big deal? They will let a 18 year old put his/her life on the line to fight, but if you drink is your life really on the line? No, its not. If you really thought about it, maybe they should raise the limit on joining the army.

on Dec. 7 2009 at 10:23 am
ConstanceScott BRONZE, Marion, South Carolina
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I could care less about breking the law. I just like to drink alcohol. I do think that the legal drinking age should stay the same because too many young adults are irresponsible. But I do think it would be less appealing to some people because you do have some idiots out there just trying to be rebellious. In most places, txting while driving is not outlwaed. Yet it does not make kids do it any less. Think about it. Eveybody is not the same. Remember, the legal drinking age was low at one point and it cased lots of problems. Don't believe me? Look it up.

on Dec. 4 2009 at 10:04 pm
Its wrong to lower the drinking age its there for a reason if we lower too many teens will have future problems because your brain is not fully developed till the age of 21. Therefore effecting our futures.

on Dec. 1 2009 at 1:43 am
OscarDonovan BRONZE, Cowes, Other
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You should try everything in life, except incest and barn-dancing.

So I'm psychologically scarred and have been manipulated by the media by the media? Wow. There's me thinking I just enjoyed going out. What a silly idea.

Jaquie BRONZE said...
on Nov. 30 2009 at 10:35 pm
Jaquie BRONZE, West Palm Beach, Florida
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This is certainly one of my favorites: "I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes." -2 Samuel 6:22

Of course I see the other point-of-view. And I see the physical reverberations of that point-of-view in people who never really grew out of the childish notion of how 'cool' alcohol is...

Jaquie BRONZE said...
on Nov. 30 2009 at 10:31 pm
Jaquie BRONZE, West Palm Beach, Florida
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This is certainly one of my favorites: "I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes." -2 Samuel 6:22

Yeah! America should relax! I mean what are laws for anyway? Its not like they're put there for the good of the people... Like that would ever happen... They should let all the criminals convicted of DUI's free! Not like a little alcohol here or there at a young age can cause an eventual addiction which could lead to abusive habits and reckless decisions. Who cares about statistics anyway? Certainly not us! Only people like those stuck-up brainwashed know-it-alls who have to watch the ones they love struggle to overcome the affects of alcohol on their life everyday. They're so close-minded! Nothing like us. Why can't we all get drunk and roam the streets in our tender ages? Its not like we want to drink because we're masking deeper phsycological scars or the fact that we've fallen prey to the thinly disguised media tricks. Never! We're far to intelligent for that. Why else would we be drawn to substances prohibited for our better good? Those sort of desires are explained by one thing and one thing alone -intellegence.


on Nov. 30 2009 at 4:09 pm
ShernayB. DIAMOND, Southfield, Michigan
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"Some things will never change"---Tupac

Great point! If you tell a teen that they could not do something, then of course if they want it, they'll do it anyway. The outcome of this situation will be worse than the outcome of the situation in which a parent or law allows teens to do something. I do think that some laws and rules should be in place for young adults, don't get me wrong. But certain things like having a boyfriend at 13 should be allowed, that way if the teen makes a mistake, they could learn from it in the future. I know it is also possible for us teens to learn from our mistakes while sneaking and doing something, but at least we don't have to worry about breaking a rule or a law.

I do agree that lowering the drinking age to 18 is fair; Being that these are legal adults. If an 18 year old could buy an apartment or even a house, why can't they drink?

This is a great article.

on Nov. 30 2009 at 3:42 pm
emjay1216 SILVER, Eugene, Oregon
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Often times, the test of courage is not to die, but to live.
~ Vittorio Alfieri

hey no offense but...

were kids, we break the rules. its what we do, kay? and yeah, ur rite and everything but try to open ur mind a little and see another point of view.