Drinking Age 21: Good thing or should America go back to 18?
by swrba1 on March 16, 2014 - 2:37pm
The drinking age has been 21 since the mid 1980’s and more than 20 states in 1984 already had laws making it 21 before Congress stepped in. In a recent U.S. News & World Report by Laura Dean-Mooney president of MADD(Mothers Against Drunk Driving) it states over a 100 college campus presidents, have signed on to lowering the age from 21 to 18 to help solve the issue of underage and binge drinking. Since the drinking age was raised to 21, crashes involving individuals under the influence of alcohol has gone from more than 5,000 individuals in the early 1980’s to 2,000 annually in 2005. By the end of 2005, the law chance has saved nearly 25,000 American lives which works out to be 1,000 lives a year. Research also shows us that people under 21 years old tend to drink less than they would if it was 18 and continue to not drink as much in their early 20’s. When the drinking age has been lowered, injury and death rates significantly increased. By lowering the drinking age to 18 it would no longer be an issue of law enforcement but become more than an issue for parents to deal with. Which if a parents tells a teenager they shouldn’t binge drink they are more than likely to go out and do it. Another argument against the campus presidents is that individuals who binge drink tend to do worse academically.
If the drinking age was lowered to 18 years old it would make it a lot easier for people even younger than to consume alcohol beverages. The United States on every place that sells alcohol has a sign that says use your id or we ID. If people 21 years old and up are purchasing alcohol for people not legally allowed to purchase drinks imagine how many 18 years old would use their id to purchase alcohol for people under 18. An argument for many who want the drinking age to be 18 is “If you can serve for your country you can drink a beer in it”. Which is a great point but not everyone is mature enough or mentally prepared to possess the power of being able to purchase alcohol at the age of 18. Early teen drinkers are not only more likely to become alcoholics but are more likely to get the disease faster. Colleges must address the issue of underage drinking and the binge drinking atmosphere. By lowering the drinking age they would create an even larger monster and alcohol related incidents would simply just increase. The answer is quite simple lowering the drinking age will not stop binge or underage drinking. Only person who can stop it is the people 20 years and under.
Here’s a link to the article: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2008/09/08/a-lower-age-would-be-u...
Reference: Dean-Mooney, Laura A Lower Age Would Be Unsafe [Editorial] U.S. News & World Report. 9/15/2008, Vol. 145 Issue 6, p10-10. 1p. 2 Color Photographs