The Negative Effects Of The Drinking Age

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In 1984, Congress passed a law that made a huge impact on people across America. The drinking age was raised from eighteen to twenty-one. All over the country, young adults and teens under the age of twenty-one are consuming alcohol. Teens are experimenting with alcohol in unsafe environments, which leads to a higher level of binge drinking among youth. The purpose of this law was to cut back on the number of high fatalities that were being caused by drinking and driving. Anyone who has followed the news, read articles, or has been through high school, would be able to tell that this law simply isn’t working. The number of drinking and driving as well as other alcohol related deaths hasn 't moved for the past decade. Throughout this paper, …show more content…
These statistics may have one thinking that it is a positive reinforcement to have the drinking age set at twenty-one, but it is obvious that this law entails more negative aspects than positive ones. “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that nearly 41% of high school students had consumed alcohol in the last thirty days.” (www.cdc.gov). While some young adults are participating in underage drinking, this behavior may be linked back to them being curious and wanting to experiment with new things. However, this behavior is starting at a young age and percentages of underage drinking may rise is no action is done about this topic. “10% of 8th graders and 39% of 12th graders have drank alcohol in the past month.” (www.cdc.gov). By telling young adults they cannot do something, parents and caregivers may be pushing them even more to condole in certain behaviors that are not in their best interests. Rather than simply disciplining them on their behavior, it would be more beneficial for parents to educate their children on why underage drinking can have serious consequences. While just about every country in the world is aware of this serious issue, it is clear a change needs to be …show more content…
It is a well-known fact that turning eighteen is a very significant moment in a young adult 's life. It marks the age of a person coming into adulthood. At age eighteen, a United States citizen is able to vote for the leader of our country, buy tobacco products, play the lottery, get married, become the target of a lawsuit, and serve our country in the military. It seems as if at age eighteen there is nothing separating someone from the rest of the adult world. “There isn 't that much difference in maturity between 18 and 21. If the age is younger, you’re getting exposed to it at a younger age, you don’t freak out when you first get introduced to it.” (www.foxnews.com). Even though the age difference is close, it is important for adults to engage in conversation with these young adults and find out questions relating to their urge to drink and what their ultimate rush is to engage in activities such as drinking. “By doing this, parents educate their kids about alcohol and rub drinking of its taboo allure.” (www.cnn.com). It is the power of choice that will turn the alcohol related statistics around and in a very short time we will see a decrease in these countless, traumatizing incidents. So again, it makes little to no sense to put all these other life altering choices in the hands of an

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