The Buzz: Lowering the drinking age

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.


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4 responses to “The Buzz: Lowering the drinking age

  1. I agree with Garret on the topic of other countries. I took a sociology class last semester and he discussed drinking all around the world. The countries that allow anyone of any age to drink have seen less alcoholic problems. If a child has a glass at dinner then they associate alcohol with family outings, not a rebellious action. Do I feel America will ever get rid of a drinking age? No. America will probably rise the age higher, if anything, due to continuous problems. But this does not change the facts other countries have accumulated overtime.

  2. Jared Ebert

    I like to think of this issue as that of a teenage rebellion subculture in America. I think this is less about drinking and more about opposing the “establishment’ even if drinking were legal, teenagers and those who enjoy this rebellious subculute would not stop their rebellion. Instead, they would move on to another fight, whether it was the legalization of marijuana or the legalization of homosexual marriage. And even if these issues were legalized this subculture would find another issue to protest and join an rebellion like “Occupy Wall Street”. My point is, drinking may be the issue at hand, but it is simply a vehicle used by this subculture to express the rebellion that they enjoy being a part of.

  3. I agree with Jared, drinking is just another issue among many that teens use to act out. Two of my cousins got caught drinking while still being minors, and were fined heavily for it but it didn’t change how they are now. They still continue to drink just for the simple reason of defiance and having the feeling of being an “adult”. The drinking situation will only get worse because the media continues to portray to young teens that drinking is cool and adult like. Additionally the law doesn’t do anything besides tempt kids by being like “No you can’t have alcohol when you are young”. Telling someone they can’t do something is like saying I bet you won’t do it.

  4. Kyle Lunceford

    I can see the argument where you talk about other countries, even though the drinking age is lower is that the real reason there are fewer problems? I cannot say that it is. If you take to countries no matter what the law states people in both drank at age 16. I grew up in a home with no alcohol and so I really didn’t know what it was till I would go to a friend’s house and see their dad have a couple beers before bed. I never had the urge, but some 16 year olds did, they would see friends that grew up with beer in the home and sp they were sucked in and hooked on it because it was something they never had. Its self control, parents should teach it more and kids would use self control, wait till they are 21 and not drink to get drunk.

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