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  • It should be a YES.

    I'm 25 and personally, at the end of the day.. People 21+ over to the damn 50's can cause accidents because of alcohol.. It's not because how young they are, it's all about responsibility!!! How the hell is it right that someone who is 18 can't drink but can die for someone else 21+ to drink and in the future may get DWI. Like seriously.. You can't judge someone off their age.. People are all raised differently and some of these teens are far more
    Mature than people my age.. I'm all for making it legal. People under 18 will drink and people who have DWI's will drink & drive regardless.

    18+ -> drinking age.

  • WE ARE ADULTS

    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 we are old enough to..

    If we are old enough to get married, buy tobacco products, vote, drive, own our own home, and get a tattoo, which are all pretty big responsibilities, i think we should be able to drink, we are offically adults when we are 18 so why not give us ALL the responsibiliries, or maybe even give it a test run!

  • Drinking age should be 18 because....

    Honestly, I'm 18 and I believe that it should be lowered. I'm in college and we go to frat parties in college to have the ability to drink alcohol but the risk there are worse than actually going to the bars it's easy for guys to ruffy girls. Not only that but to say that were still going cognitive is stupid because so are people who are 21. I have plenty of friends that are 21 or older and I'm known as the responsible one. Another reason is we are adults we can go into debt we can go to jail we can go to war and get killed but yet we can't drink? If I'm going to die you sure of hell bet I'm going to enjoy a drink before it. Not only this but a lot of us drink because we're not allowed to, so it makes us feel as if we were "cool" because we have access to someone who can buy us alcohol. Also, you guys don't know how many college students have fakes. It's ridiculous. If you go to a big school like mine you know everyone on campus has one. So, it's not stopping underage drinking from happening. Other countries don't have big drinking problems and they can all drink at 18 maybe we should try to change. Everyone is just afriad, but you can't say something is bad until you've tried it.

  • Educate Before Drinking - Drinking License

    Instead of just saying, "no", why not make it mandatory that when a person turns 18, they have to take a course on the effects/responsibilities of alcohol. Kids are going to find ways to drink around this age, regardless of any law. And usually when they do drink, they drink in excess without much concern for any harmful effects because they don't know when they're going to be able to drink again. This leads to a lot of alcohol poisoning, and people just hurting themselves in general. At the end of the course, if a student passes, they'll be given an alcohol license saying that they know the consequences of their actions. You can't stop them, so why not educate them?

  • The drinking age should be lowered to 18 part 1.

    The drinking age has been an ongoing debate for a long time. By 1988 all 50 states had set their minimum drinking ages to 21 (MADD). This was raised from age 18. The minimum drinking age was lowered to 18 in the 1970’s because of the Vietnam War, Griggs said in his article that “If young Americans could be entrusted to vote, serve on a jury and fight in Vietnam, why couldn't they order a beer?” Beers only contain about 4%-6% alcohol. That’s not a lot. The legal minimum drinking age should be lowered to 18.
    As a college student, I see underage drinking and alcohol abuse every week. Some people could think that I am auguring to lower the drinking age just so I can drink and have a fun time but this is completely false. I want the drinking age lowered because I think it is the fair thing to do, so my fellow students will stay safe, and so if an underage college students won’t get screwed over if they make just one mistake. Alcohol has become a forbidden fruit for a lot of kids under the age of 21 (Griggs). If you cannot have something you want it even more. If I say do not press the red button, all you want to do is press the red button. If alcohol becomes more available and more acceptable to drink at a younger age then there will be less of a desire to use it and to binge drink. I know so many people who said that when they finally turned 21, they had no desire to drink anymore. They did it so much when they were younger for fun that they just did not want to do it after they legally could. It lost its rebellious appeal. The rebellious factor leads to binge drinking, another huge problem on college campuses. Elizabeth Geltman described her experience of being able to drink at age 18 in college. She said it was not only part of her social life but also her academic life. Geltman was invited to many events that involved faculty members and drinking. There was an on-campus pub that was paid for by the university with stuff there to keep the students safe. She explained how these events were all out in the open and supervised by stuff “who could model appropriate alcohol-related behavior” (Geltman). She said that the only problems she observed with drinking was when it was done in an unsupervised environment like frat parties. This unsupervised activity can lead to rape, alcohol addiction and alcohol poisoning, just to name a few. Dangerous alcohol behaviors happen under closed doors and that’s what America forces kids under 21 to do (Geltman).

  • Lowering the drinking age to 18 leads to safer drinking practices.

    The topic of the legal drinking age in the United States is one that has been debated for years. There are those who are in favor of the current drinking age, remaining at twenty-one, while there are others who argue that it should be lowered to eighteen. The debate regarding the legal drinking age stems from the prevention of dangerous drinking habits and behaviors. Both sides of the debate seem to have one agreement: What will decrease the prevalence of these dangerous drinking habits and behaviors? Many suggest that the answer does not lie within the legislation of legal drinking age, but rather a cultivation of a culture that does not treat alcohol with the amount of taboo that the U.S approaches it with. A CNN story that highlighted the debate on legal drinking age, Brown University professor, Dwight B. Heath” favors a cultural model, common in countries like France or Italy, where parents serve small amounts of wine to their children at family meals”(Griggs). Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer, Ruth Anne Dailey wrote about the prevalence of underage drinking and cites the cause to be the approach in which the American culture has chosen to take in terms of talking about alcohol. She states, “Statistics from other cultures bear out the benefits of moderation. A recent European Union study reveals that the countries where moderate daily drinking is the norm (…) have the fewest binge drinkers (Dailey). Both Dailey and Heath’s articles contrasted the U.S drinking culture to that of Europe’s drinking culture and in arguing that those countries have much more lenient standards with regards to drinking. It is also through the overall culture and upbringing of individuals that makes a difference whether a significant amount of the population partakes in dangerous drinking practices. The real issue is not whether or not the legislation dictates a “safe” drinking age, but rather the U.S as a whole should be collectively educated on safe alcohol consumption habits. Forensic psychologist Stanton Peele writes in his article that adolescences should be informed about safe drinking practices. He argues that the drinking age only cultivates dangerous practices with regards to binge drinking according to Peele, “Underage drinking and bingeing is commonplace”(Peele). With the prevalence of binge drinking and other unsafe drinking practices, the solution is to change the overall culture and approach to drinking. A study conducted on college students revealed that those who maintained a personal responsibility to adhering to the minimum drinking age, regardless of their opinion regarding it, were less likely to engage in risky behaviors. The study did not focus on the actual legislation of the minimum drinking age, but rather the personal attitudes and drinking habits of the individual (Endorsement of Personal Responsibility…). Through the comparisons made with the European attitudes toward alcohol and the focus on the personal attitudes and behaviors of individuals we can see the benefits of lowering the legal drinking age while advocating for safe alcohol consumption.

  • A younger drinking age can lead to better education on healthy drinking habits.

    The topic of the legal drinking age in the United States is one that has been debated for years. There are those who are in favor of the current drinking age, remaining at twenty-one, while there are others who argue that it should be lowered to eighteen. The debate regarding the legal drinking age stems from the prevention of dangerous drinking habits and behaviors. Both sides of the debate seem to have one agreement: What will decrease the prevalence of these dangerous drinking habits and behaviors? Many suggest that the answer does not lie within the legislation of legal drinking age, but rather a culture that does not treat alcohol with the amount of taboo that the U.S approaches it with. A CNN story that highlighted the debate on legal drinking age, Brown University professor, Dwight B. Heath” favors a cultural model, common in countries like France or Italy, where parents serve small amounts of wine to their children at family meals”(Griggs). Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer, Ruth Anne Dailey wrote about the prevalence of underage drinking and cites the cause to be the approach in which the American culture has chosen to take in terms of talking about alcohol. She states, “Statistics from other cultures bear out the benefits of moderation. A recent European Union study reveals that the countries where moderate daily drinking is the norm (…) have the fewest binge drinkers (Dailey, 63). Both Dailey and Heath’s articles contrasted the U.S drinking culture to that of Europe’s drinking culture and in arguing that those countries have much more lenient standards with regards to drinking. It is also through the overall culture and upbringing of individuals that makes a difference whether a significant amount of the population partakes in dangerous drinking practices. The real issue is not whether or not the legislation dictates a “safe” drinking age, but rather the U.S as a whole should be collectively educated on safe alcohol consumption habits. Forensic psychologist Stanton Peele writes in his article that adolescences should be informed about safe drinking practices. He argues that the drinking age only cultivates dangerous practices with regards to binge drinking according to Peele, “Underage drinking and bingeing is commonplace”(Peele). With the prevalence of binge drinking and other unsafe drinking practices, the solution is to change the overall culture and approach to drinking. A study conducted on college students revealed that those who maintained a personal responsibility to adhering to the minimum drinking age, regardless of their opinion regarding it, were less likely to engage in risky behaviors. The study did not focus on the actual legislation of the minimum drinking age, but rather the personal attitudes and drinking habits of the individual (Endorsement of Personal Responsibility…). Through the comparisons made with the European attitudes toward alcohol and the focus on the personal attitudes and behaviors of individuals and the focus on safe drinking has proven more beneficial than a rigid standard of the twenty-one and up minimum drinking age that provoke uncontrolled unsafe alcohol consumption.

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  • What's the Wait? (Part 2)

    At 18 years old a person is considered an adult. For that reason, I feel that one should be able to completely make their own life decisions at 18 years old. When one turns 18, they can vote for the President, buy lottery tickets, and even buy tobacco products. In order to vote for a President, it would be beneficial for them to be knowledgeable in politics and know the candidate they choose very well. Most likely, there are people out there that turn 18 and vote, just because they can, and do not even think twice about who or what they are voting for. When an 18 year old buys a lottery ticket, they are “gambling,” which could cause a huge addiction problem. Tobacco has several short and long term effects on one’s health, but an 18 year old is still able to purchase it. I am not saying that an 18 year is always completely irresponsible, but if they are able to all of the above listed things, how is alcohol any different? Voting, gambling, and tobacco all have consequences if done in a negative way, and therefore alcohol, with any consequence, should be legal for 18 year olds. In other words, “If young Americans could be entrusted to vote, serve on a jury and fight in Vietnam, why couldn't they order a beer?” (Griggs).
    I understand that many may feel differently than me about lowering the drinking age to 18 years old. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said that the “Minimum legal drinking age laws have proven to be a very effective and important countermeasure for reducing drunk driving when younger drivers are involved” (Griggs). I am aware that drunk driving is an issue that stands today, but also think that lowering the minimum legal drinking age would help. It would allow those 18-20 years old to be exposed to alcohol sooner and therefore they would know the effects or consequences of drinking early on. By knowing the consequences of alcohol early on, they may be more aware of what could go wrong if they drank alcohol and then drove a vehicle. Since underage drinking occurs with the minimum legal drinking age of 21 years old, it would most likely occur with a minimum legal drinking age of 18. With that said, teenagers would most likely be drinking and know the consequences of drinking before they ever set foot in the driver’s seat.
    The minimum legal drinking age should be lowered to 18 because of adulthood and also due to the unsafe drinking habits that occur when having to hide it.

  • No! They Shouldn't.

    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.

  • Uneducated drinkers in our millennium .

    In my opinion our millennium is quite uneducated on the effect of drinking at an early age ! It can lead to many long term problems like alcohol abuse , domestic abuse, and addictions to other unhealthy substances . They will be lead to the temptation to travel and with being 18 they can own a license or have the ability to drive , yet not have a license

  • No. If the legal drinking age were lowered, it would pose threats to not only the drinkers themselves, but other people.

    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.

  • Mature...I Dont Think So.

    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.

  • No, the Legal Drinking Age Should Not Be Lowered to 18

    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.

  • Lol, nah buddy

    Drinking at an early age could damage your brain. Plus, why would someone want to grow up so damn early?! Enjoy your childhood. Go hangout with your friends, play sports, worry about grades. Don't mess up your future for a stupid party. Honestly, its not even worth it to drink until you're 21. There's way too many consequences. I'm speaking from experience. It's not worth the trouble, believe me.

  • Incapable of Handling Ourselves While Intoxicated

    At this age, our brains are still developing. Drinking alcohol impedes the functionality of our brains. What's more, we're still young and immature. Definitely not mature enough to deal with the consequences without the help of Mommy and Daddy. High School and College students both suffer academically due to intoxication. Those who drink as teenagers are more likely to become alcoholics. I had an uncle whom I loved dearly, who died in his early 40's. He was intoxicated frequently, and one day ended up falling down while drunk, and suffocated in a pool of his own blood. My aunt found him three days later. His five children are now fatherless, and they mourn their father EVERY DAY.
    If you can't have fun without the use of alcohol or drugs, then you're pathetic.

  • Think on it.

    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.

  • Brain is Not Fully Developed

    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.

  • Kids are not yet responsible enough to drink at this age.

    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.


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