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Reasons Why the Drinking Age Should Be Lowered to 18

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When your 18 years old you are considered an adult. You can vote, be drafted, and drive. You also have a lot of responsibilities. For example, I’m eighteen years old and I have two jobs and go to college full time. If eighteen year old teenagers are responsible and mature then why can’t they buy alcohol?

             People say eighteen year olds can’t handle alcohol, because they make to 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 to 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 apposed to twenty one year olds.

             It is a know fact that a lot of teenagers drink regardless of the drinking age. Either at home, parties, or just in hang out places. Therefore, people make the argument that because teenagers can get to alcohol, if we lower the drinking age then twelve and thirteen year old kids will also be able to access alcohol even easier and start drinking at a even younger age, but that is not the case at all, because even now 71 % of eight graders say it is fairly easy for them to get alcohol. So it wouldn’t even make a difference if the age was lowered. That is another issue that people argue and are wrong on.

             Now one of the most important reasons why society feels 18 year olds shouldn’t be aloud to drink is because they are not mature enough. Well, if that is the case they why can they  be mature and responsible enough to vote for a person who is going to run our country, mature and responsible enough to fly an airplane and go to war for our country, and third  be mature and responsible enough to drive a vehicle which is a cause of many injuries and deaths in today’s world. If they can be mature enough for all those things what makes alcohol so special. People like to say because you can make more mistakes with alcohol then those things. But like I said before it doesn’t matter what age you are when you first start to drink you are going to make mistakes it is part of the learning process.

             My next argument is going to be that I feel there shouldn’t even be a drinking age. If there was no drinking age kids would not think as alcohol as the forbidden fruit anymore and be more responsible with it. As Dr. Ruth Engs states “ The flaunting of the current age-specific prohibition is readily apparent among young people who, since the increase in the minimum legal drinking age, have tended to drink in a more abuse manner than do those of legal age. This, of course, is exactly what happened in the general public during national Prohibition.” This quote is saying that because the drinking age is 21 when younger adults get their hands on alcohol they tend to drink a lot more because they don’t know when they will be able to get alcohol again. I mean it is a know fact that since the drinking age has become 21 years of age the percentage of younger people drinking has dropped, but the amount of alcohol consumed by a teenager has gone up. And Dr. Engs makes another good point when he says “ Lowering the drinking age would help send the important message that drinking is, in itself, not evidence of maturity…..that responsible consumption for those who choose to drink is evidence of maturity.”  (And for people that don’t know who Dr. Ruth Engs is, she is the author of seven books, dozens of chapters and articles, and scores of scientific papers on alcohol. So she knows a great deal about the subject.) That is a great quote because that is exactly what we don’t realize. If we start to drink at a younger  age we will see the consequences of drinking irresponsible and learn from it.  So as we get older we realize how much we should consume and how much we shouldn’t.

             In today’s world alcohol is always going to be a problem no matter what age. But having the drinking age at 21 can be a bad idea. It makes teenagers go crazy when they get their hands on alcohol not teaching them the maturity you have to have when you drink. If the drinking age become lowered it will help kids from the ages 12 to 18 realize how important alcohol is and how mature we must become when we are under the influence of alcohol.