Here it is. The cliché controversial topic that’s been the “buzz” for decades. You’ve probably heard many arguments about lowering the drinking age, but you should definitely pay close attention to this particular topic; Something needs to be done.
Drinking has become such a big deal over the past few years. Maybe it’s because I’ve entered college and have experienced adult ‘situations,’ but nevertheless it is still a huge part of your life whether you do it or not. There are always going to be people who defy the rules. These are the one’s who end up incarcorated, or even worse, on their death bed. But of course, there are the ones who don’t get caught as well. In countries other than the US, the drinking age is significantly lower which results in less drinking problems. Children from those countries are exposed to alcohol at a young age, so when they reach 18, it’s not that big of a deal. They don’t try to break the rules to obtain it because A) they have been around it for a while,and B) they aren’t too old when they are allowed to get it.
People (teenagers, most significantly) are still going to drink, as they have been doing, even though the law says you have to be 21. So, why not make it legal? They raised the age to reduce fatalities on the roads, as it states in this article. However, those who are of age still commit the crimes of DUI and also purchasing alcohol for a minor. Danger can result from these stupid, immature acts. When one hears of a drinking fatality, they automatically assume that it’s an underage drinker. That sounds totally crazy, in my opinion. With this, people seem to blame teenagers on everything bad that surrounds alcohol when there are those of age that commit the same acts and get the lesser punishment. I sorta feel like lowering the drinking will lift not a burden off teens shoulders, but a lot of miss peculation. Any age you drink, anything can happen. It’s all equally the same.
Of course, this always raises question: If you are old enough to fight for this country, then why can’t you purchase alcohol? If you are faced with adult issues, like serving the country or voting, and can act upon them while you are 18, why can’t you face another one, like drinking, legally?
So, teens drink illegally and too much? If we were to lower the drinking age, i feel like you would learn how to drink in moderation, because if you order it at a resteraunt, why would you ‘act a fool’ in front of everyone. You wouldn’t. You would just have a drink with your meal. If the age were lowered then the law would quit being broken and people not of age would quit trying to break the rules.
Regardless of all the views of teen and underage drinking, the law ain’t budging anytime soon.