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.
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