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.
An 18 year old in the US has the right to vote, and serve in the military. If an 18 year old can make up their mind as to who the potential leader of the country should be and take a bullet for their country they are not so immature and should have the right to drink alcohol.
When you turn 18 in the United States you llegaly become an adult. If yoou are llegaly able to get married, sign contracts, move out and go to the army (which includes risking your life.) you should be able to make your own decission on drinking alcohl. It's your life.
People say 18 year olds cannot handle alcohol, because they make too many mistakes. If you start to drink at eighteen or twenty one your tolerance is still going to be the same. Meaning, that no matter what age you start to drink you don’t know how much you can handle until you start drinking. So when people say eighteen year olds make too many mistakes when they drink it’s only because they started drinking , just as a twenty one year old will make mistakes when he starts to drink. Also society uses young teenagers as scapegoats for alcohol problems when really it doesn't matter if your 17, 21 or 38 years of age. Alcohol is still a serious problem among all people. It does not go away when you become 21 years of age. This is an example of how eighteen year olds are portrayed as opposed to twenty one year olds.
We can vote at 18, males at 18 sign up for the selective service act and could get drafted to war and die for our freedom but can't have a beer? Come on. It is ridiculous that at 18 (a legal adult) you can do everything but drink. Kind of stupid if you ask me. 18 year olds are going to do it anyway, might as well just make it legal.
Cheesy, but listen..Okay? I I DO NOT drink. But I did, in the past as a teen. In fact, I drank heavily. Mainly due to the fact that it was a thrill. Basically gave me the sense of being a barney badass, haha. But still, the point I'm trying get across to everyone here is that in literally in majority of situations if you tell someone not to do something, they usually end up doing it. To me, if the drinking age would have been lower, I might not have been so tempted to be hammered drunk all the time. But thank god I got my drinking days out of the way when I was young. It just made me have no desire for it as I got older...Oh wait, what was that? Another brilliant point proven? Geesh. I'm too smart.
I know that I am probably repeating most of what was said before me, so sorry if it's too repetitive. But across the world, so many other countries have changed the law, and the repercussions are not as bad as America has foreseen them to be. Honestly, we become adults at the age of 18, that first lottery ticket bought, that first cigar, that first time we get to have our voice heard in the voting booth. Why can't we celebrate the triumphs of coming back from combat at the age of 18, with a drink? If we are old enough to serve our country, our country should be able to serve us.
Realistically, the state has no business telling us what and when we should put into our bodies. Outside of philosophy, the practical side is that, like with guns, like with illegal drugs, people that aren't allowed to have alcohol will get it whether they are not legally able to or not. You can't control the actions of older adults and it's impractical to even try. If you can vote, get drafted to die for your country, get taxed, get married or divorced, buy cigarettes (which are worse than alcohol) and go to a damn strip club you should be able to purchase alcohol. Additionally, adults are expected to make their own choices and therefore, as the age of an adult is considered 18 all adult responsibilities should be delegated to it.
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. Yes beacuse i think it is right from your best brayden
The idea that when the legal drinking age is lowered that the controversy will move from ages 18-20 to 15-17 is false. The push for the legal drinking age to be lowered is not just so more idiots can get drunk, but so that there is a single age that determines when a person in the United States is absolutely an adult. There would not be such a push from people of ages 15-17 because they are not adults yet so they would have no reasonable and worthy logic at hand. So, people who argue that there is no stopping the movement of controversy from going down three years are wrong.
If you are legal to lay your life on the line, why shouldn't you be able to have a drink? If you are legal to choose the leader of your country, why shouldn't you be able to have a drink? If you are able to be persecuted as an adult, why shouldn't you be able to have a drink?
Its stupid that you can only LEGALLY drink at the age of twenty-one. Anybody should be able to drink if they want. I would like for the legal age to be sixteen but the proper age should be eighteen. You can join the army at eighteen and defend the country which there is nothing wrong with that because thats a good thing to defend the country.
An 18 year old in US has the right to vote, and serve in the military. If an 18 year old can make up their mind as to who the potential leader of the country should be and take a bullet for their country, they should have every right to purchase and drink alcohol.
The legal drinking age should be lowered to eighteen because by that age they are allowed to live on their own and should be able to control how intoxicated they get. An eighteen year old is considered an adult and can be tried in court if he makes false judgment and commits a crime. So an 18 year old is capable of making every other decision as an adult but is incapable of making a decision whether or not they should drink? The 21 year old age limit for alcohol consumption sounds somewhat hypocritical.
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.