Pros And Cons Of The Legal Drinking Age

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The legal drinking age in the United States among other countries in the world is twenty-one years old. Prior to 1984 all personal eighteen and older could purchase and consume alcohol legally. In 1984 President Ronald Raegan signed the national minimum drinking age act. Which prohibited anyone under the age of twenty-one from alcohol. The government enforces this law because it is thought to be the appropriate age as a person transitions into adulthood to be able to handle the responsibility of drinking and buying alcohol. However, before the age of twenty-one teenagers are given the privilege to drive, enlist into the war, and vote. So why are teenagers entrusted to carry on those responsibilities yet not given the same trust to drink and …show more content…
Withholding alcohol from people under the age of twenty-one creates a sneaky generation of teenager and young adults. Teenagers learn many different ways to go around the system to get the alcohol that is desired. In some cases teenagers will go to get fake IDs. Which is a completely inappropriate way just to be able to consume alcohol. It also opens the door to many more unsupervised drinking parties. If young adults eighteen and older were allowed to purchase and consume alcohol legally it would occur in a more responsible and tasteful way. The amount of uncontrollable and unsupervised parties and drinking events would decrease. This would decrease because the need for binge drinking wouldn’t be as important. If the ages of eighteen to twenty-one were allowed to drink in public places like bars and restaurants. Drinking would occur in safer environments and not as much alcohol would be consumed at once. The reason for the binge drinking is because teenagers who are not of the legal age limit will get alcohol from a friend or someone they know over the age of twenty-one. Once that occurs drinking all the alcohol or drinking most of it will feel like a must because they don’t know when they will have the opportunity to drink again. This is why lowering the drinking age is important because it will help lower the rate of drunk driving accidents and hopefully give young adults the chance to prove they can handle the responsibility in a safe environment. Binge drinking is the process of consuming alcohol to become drunk as soon as possible. Henry Wechsler and Toben F. Nelson said “binge drinking was measured as the consumption of five or more drinks in a row for mean at least once in the past two weeks, and four or more for women.” (Wechsler, Nelson, pg. 1). If the age was lowered it would help with people not giving themselves alcohol poising. Alcohol poising happens from time to time

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