Today’s generation has led the nation to ask themselves, should the drinking age be lowered from the age 21? In the last 3-5 years, research shows that 23% of DUIs or alcohol related deaths come from beginner drinkers (ages 21-24), according to procon.org. Many people are against lowering the drinking age because the ages that are allowed to drink now can barely prove themselves responsible, but yet there are still people that argue against it.
“We Are In Favor.”
Forty-five percent of people believe that 18 is when you enter into adulthood, so you should be able to do grown-up things. Upcoming teens need to experience the life of adulthood so they’re prepared, added procon.org. Prohibiting 18-20 year-olds from drinking at bars where it is supervised makes them drink in unsupervised places, which causes accidents. “Lowering the Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) 21 to the age 18 will decrease the act of breaking the law to get a drink. It will also reduce the act of 18-20 year-olds of making fake IDs,” says Tamika C.B. Zapolski, a professor. 18-20 year-olds shouldn’t be denied they act of enjoying themselves. Why is smoking legal for 18 year-olds when drinking is not?
“We Do Not Condone In This.”
On the flip side of that, many people say that drinking at a young age can cause a lot of medical problems because your brain and other important parts aren’t fully developed. Your brain isn’t fully developed until age 25, says procon.org. “I believe that the age should not be lowered, but should be raised to the age 25 because the adults that are age 21 aren’t mature enough for drinking ,” says Jaykiera C., a middle school student who has experienced the immaturity of 21 year-olds. Lowering the MLDA would give high school and middle school students easier access to get alcohol. “Lowering the age will affect prettens/teens because if a 21 year-old can buy alcohol for their younger peers, it will be a lot easier for teenagers from ages 13-17 to get a hold of an alcoholic beverage,” says Jaykiera C. A survey that was conducted by procon.org shows that 29% of 12th graders have access or drink alcohol, 22% of 10th graders and 11% of 8th graders. So how will lowering the drinking come into play?
“What Do I Think?”
The drinking age should not be lowered because it can cause a lot of health problems, and it can also interfere with your brain. The drinking age needs to be raised because the adults now prove they cannot handle themselves. So why lower it? It could also interfere with the learning process since getting teens alcohol comes from their older peers. If the drinking age was lowered the government should do an experiment to see which age group (18-20, 25+) can handle the privilege of having alcoholic beverages.
Cubbage, Jaykiera. Personal interview. 13 March 2017.
“Drinking Age ProCon.org.” Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age? ProCon.org Team, n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.