We're adults! And in most cases we can buy it anyways? I am a 16 year old and honestly I can just go to the liquor store in my town and can buy anything there anytime I want. I just did the other day! Did you know us teenagers are more likely to binge drink because we don't know the next time we're going to get a bottle? Instead of letting us experiment alone with friends, bring us out into bars, restaurants, clubs etc. And properly show us how to drink..
If people can start drinking earlier in life, they will not see drinking a such a taboo. It will not make you cool if you drink at an younger age, becuase it wouldn't be against the law. Staticics have shown that no matter what age drinking starts, that car crashes occour. Kids will learn how to handel alcohol if the can drink it from a younger age, and will not make a big deal of it. In other countries, their are no age limlits on drinking, and there are less alcohol problems there. They learn how much alcohol is enough, and don't think of it as something to make them cool.
Drinking shouldn't be legal at all in my opinion, but since it is, the age should be lowered to 18. If you can go fight for our Country at age 18, why should you not be allowed to drink alcohol too? It just doesn't make sense. A 21 year old will get in as much trouble drinking that an 18 year old can.
It is unfair for a human being to be able to serve in the army and defend his country, but not be allowed to drink alcohol. Kids are going to get alcohol anyway, and a high drinking age promotes binge drinking early because they do not grow up with a mature approach towards alcohol.
18 year old people are allowed to fight for their country, own a gun, and even buy tobacco. Why shouldn't we be allowed to drink. Over in Belgium the legal drinking age is 16, but they're not allowed to drive until they're 18 so they can learn how to control alcohol and know when enough is enough before they're legally allowed to get behind the wheel.
It should at least be lowered to 19 or 20...
Seriously..21? That's 3 years into COLLEGE
so 3 years of living in a dorm with friends only, stressed from finals, parties,etc. Do you think it's technically possible to not drink alcohol people? Even in high school it's hard to stay away from alcohol.
99% of 21 yr olds already consumed alcohol before they turned 21.
And plus 18 yr old boys can go fight for their country at the army but can't drink beer?
At 18 years old, there are American citizens overseas old enough to die for their country. At 18 years old, Americans are considered legal adults who can buy pornography and act in pornography. At 18 years old, Americans have the power to vote for a presidential candidate that can alter the course of history. At 18 years old, Americans can serve on juries where they hold the power of life or death in their hands.
One thing American citizens cannot do when they're 18 years old, however, is drink legally.
Its their body's and up to them to do with as they please regardless if you think so or not, if one is drinking doesn't make them liable to causing a car crash or a fatality ultimately it id the person that causes these things not the drink if one is not smart enough to not drink and drive or do other idiotic things problem with America is we always blame materials except the people who cause such problems.
At the age of 18, you are considered and adult in the United States. If you can vote, smoke cigarettes, get married, and even risk your life protecting this country, you should have the right to drink at the age of 18. Many people argue that underage drinking damages the undeveloped brain, but it is shown that the brain isn't even fully developed until age 24.
It was 18 when I was growing up and it worked just fine. Of course drunk driving, etc. fell when the drinking age was raised to 21. It would have fallen even further if raised to 25 and then there's Prohibition to consider as well. It's not fair to be greater than the age of majority.
In the U.S ALONE every 12 minutes a person dies from drinking and driving most are 16-20 years old. If we lower the drinking age it will do nothing to decrease those numbers. It will only INCREASE the death toll. Think on it, you have a kid of your own (if you don't then pretend or use your imagination) and one night he/she will go out and get drunk get behind the wheel and wind up the next day buried 6 feet below the ground. How will it make you feel knowing that he was drunk, saw him staggering toward the car but yet you didn't say a darn thing about it. How do you feel now that you have a death on your hands that you could of prevented? So point being proven, keep it at 21. More kids just might get a slap of reality before then and realize drinking at 18 is the most stupid thing anyone could ever think of doing.
While we may be adults at 18, our brains do not fully develop until our mid-20s. There is a neurotoxin in the teenage brain that makes it more susceptible to the harm done by alcohol abuse. Teens who drink before 21 are up to 60% more likely to become dependent on alcohol later in life. In addition, in Europe, where they have a lower drinking age, there is more youth crime, rape, injury, alcoholism, and bring drinking.
Of course there are people who are 18 who join the military and obviously they are responsible enough other wise they wouldn't be doing something so brave. But yet all the other 18 year old in the united states may not be as responsible which cause fatal accidents and alcohol poising.
People now days are not as mature as we would like to make them out to be. Not only are we still in our party phase, but I’m almost positive there would be more fatal fatalities due to drinking and driving in the younger age group. 2010 had estimated 17,000 deaths in the 18-25 age groups. Let’s protect our youth.
Its dangerous and a risk to others and of course it will cause binge drinking! You can hurt people in car crashes in not only your car but it will hurt people in other cars too! Also the brain does not fully mature until the age of 21 so you could cause permanent damage to the brain!
I believe that the drinking age should not be lowered to 18 because if it was lowered to 18, they would still be able to drink; even if it is against the law. The government need to think about something more reasonable and support their decision. It would make the teenagers become more furious and they might cause war.
18 year olds are too stupid to understand the damage alcohol can cause. They are still teenagers and not mature enough to handle the effects of what alcohol will cause. Drinking is one of the main reasons 16-18 year olds are getting pregnant. These kids saying that they are mature enough for alcohol are just stupid. But,if they wanna die early from alcohol poisoning or liver and kidney failure let them go ahead and die. They made the stupid choice if they are dumb enough to drink then they deserve the consequences and I will laugh when they die from it because I told them it was a stupid decision.
Young people are notorious for binge drinking and this leads to many dangerous problems. Drunk-driving rates are highest among drinkers 21 to 25 years of age (23%). And this is just legal drinkers. An additional 17% were people ages 16 to 20.
Drinking greatly affects proper brain development. Even after 21, a person's brain is still developing. Drinking affects social skills, communication, behavior, motor skills, coordination, memory, and even cell count.
People can argue that they have other rights at 18, but the legal age is 21 for a reason. Lowering the legal age to drink alcohol will do more harm than good to anyone involved with alcohol.
The legal age to drink should not be lowered to 18. Studies have shown that individuals at that age are still developing cognitively, meaning that their brains are not fully developed yet. This is why teenagers are more apt to engage in impulsive behaviors and dangerous acts. Therefore, individuals at this age would be more likely to binge drink as well as drink and drive. Lowering the drinking age will only give them more ammunition to harm themselves and others.
The legal drinking age should not be lowered to 18 simply because alcohol is one of the leading causes of death in this country. I realize that young people who are determined to drink themselves to death are not going to be deterred by the legal drinking age, however the research is solid and we should not help them along in their quest for alcohol. We should do everything we can to keep kids from drinking for as long as possible.