Monday, December 5, 2011

Drinking Age Change?

After reading 21 Is Less Than 18 by Alex Cheyenne I have to say that I do not agree with the author of this blog.  I believe that raising the age to drink from 21 to 18 would only cause additional problems for young teens not even fully out of their teenage years as well and legal issues.  At eighTEEN they are still considered a teenager and not a full adult.  This is simply giving a teenager just out of high school a slowing ticking bomb and more then likely will keep them from doing well or even choosing going to college.  Personally I think a lot of teenagers are so happy to graduate to run off to college and experience life, and it is unfortunately the drinking life and freedom that give them that much more of a push.  So increasing the drinking age would not help.  When you stated that it causes them to binge drink and drink and drive, how many people do you know 21 plus drinking and driving and binge drinking even though they do not realize it?  The fact is people will do what they want anytime in their life whether it is legal or not.  I think they law is completely fine at this point and gives a person 21 years to decide what they really want.  So I just do not believe changing the drinking age will make any difference other then a harmful one. 

1 comment:

Erin Eden said...

Unfortunately, I disagree with your stance on lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18. In your post you argue that "eighTEEN" year olds would be doing more drinking and driving than at 21 years old, which seems a bit far-fetched. No matter what the age, there are people in this world that are too selfish to realize that they would be endangering themselves as well as others by getting into and driving a car while intoxicated. Also, it seems more likely that people that are legally able to drink in public would have more reason to get into a car, while intoxicated, in order to make it home. The reason why so many 18 year olds are "binge drinking" is partly because they are not able to drink legally so when they manage to obtain alcohol, they have to consume their contents quickly since it is not legal for them to be consuming any alcohol at all. Your argument that at 18 many people are not mature enough to drink at that age again is a bit far-fetched. At 18 years old you are able to vote for our president and the policies that they represent, which is a pretty huge responsibility. With that in mind, if the drinking age was lowered to 18, most responsible 18 year olds would stay in line and not become crazy bingeing alcoholics if given the option. People that are prone to being crazy and getting behind the wheel while intoxicated are probably going to have the same general mindset at 21 years old as well. I am not saying that we should lower the drinking age to 18, but if it were lowered, I don't think it would be the end of the world. "With power, comes great responsibility" so if you gave 18 year olds the chance to drink at that age, they would most likely step in line and try to prove that drinking legally at 18 can be a responsible yet still fun time.