Are you old enough to drink alcohol?

by avers2 on November 4, 2013 - 9:40pm

Should the drinking age be lowered? Given the evidence provided it seems as though the legal drinking age is best left at 21. When the drinking age was at a lower age there were findings of sale increase as well as an increase in consumption. These two factors resulted in more alcohol-involved traffic fatalities. If there are actions that can be taken to prevent fatalities and or traffic related lifelong injuries, actions should most definitely be taken. Regardless of the drinking age there will always be teens particularly college students who continue to drink underage. As a college student there are more choices and freedom, and with that comes responsibility. If kids believe they are responsible enough to drink, then they should be ready to face the consequences that come along with it. Although I do believe that those who go off to war at 18 should be allowed to have a drink it is ultimately better for the alcohol consumption age to be 21. The drinking age is best left at 21 because it prevents the majority of people from facing life threatening likelihoods. Considering that 800 lives are saved annually due to the drinking age being 21 it only makes sense to save lives rather than lower the drinking age and risk an increase of more deaths.

References:

Wechsler, H., & Nelson, T. F. (2010). Will Increasing Alcohol Availability By Lowering the Minimum Legal Drinking Age Decrease Drinking and Related Consequences Among Youths?. American Journal Of Public Health, 100(6), 986-992. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2009.178004

 

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Comments

I agree with your opinion, you have very strong arguments. It is safe to say that yes, if the drinking age was lowered to 18 years, there would be a higher rate of consumption. However, I find it difficult to argue that the drinking age should not be lowered to 18 years because that would cause more harm, accidents, and abuse. Look at it this way, for some places that the legal drinking age is 21 there are more reported deaths and drunk drivers than of those places that the legal drinking age is 18 years. This leads me to think that perhaps we should not be looking at the appropriate age but at the substance itself, alcohol. Men and women whether aged 22 or 37 have been caught driving drunk or in life-threatening situations, so does being older suggest that alcohol is better used? Some people abuse alcohol regardless of their age because the substance influences them to. But, I do believe it should remain at 21 because the following article that I will link mentions the reasons behind why the number “21” was chosen. There is a lot of supporting arguments you can use to defend your opinion.
Title: Why is the drinking age 21?
Link: http://theweek.com/article/index/238974/why-is-the-drinking-age-21

I agree with your opinion, you have very strong arguments. It is safe to say that yes, if the drinking age was lowered to 18 years, there would be a higher rate of consumption. However, I find it difficult to argue that the drinking age should not be lowered to 18 years because that would cause more harm, accidents, and abuse. Look at it this way, for some places that the legal drinking age is 21 there are more reported deaths and drunk drivers than of those places that the legal drinking age is 18 years. This leads me to think that perhaps we should not be looking at the appropriate age but at the substance itself, alcohol. Men and women whether aged 22 or 37 have been caught driving drunk or in life-threatening situations, so does being older suggest that alcohol is better used? Some people abuse alcohol regardless of their age because the substance influences them to. But, I do believe it should remain at 21 because the following article that I will link mentions the reasons behind why the number “21” was chosen. There is a lot of supporting arguments you can use to defend your opinion.
Title: Why is the drinking age 21?
Link: http://theweek.com/article/index/238974/why-is-the-drinking-age-21

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