EQ:Should the drinking age in the United States be lowered from 21? (Matt M-TOPIC 2)

EQ
Should the drinking age in the United States be lowered from 21?
Background
Many people believe that the current drinking age in the United States should be lowered. They argue that lowering the drinking age would remove the element of taboo that surrounds alcohol, and decrease the amount of teens that drink simply for the thrill of breaking the law. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are those who believe that lowering the drinking age will cause an increase in violence in teens.
Claim
The drinking age in the United States should be lowered to the age of 18.
Support
A study done by an alcohol awareness group called Choose responsibly stated “Legal Age 21 has postponed fatalities – not reduced them – because every claim of an 18, 19, or 20 year-old life “saved” as a result of Legal Age 21 is offset by the number of 21, 22, or 23 year-old lives lost.” Instead of increasing the Legal drinking age, the government should increase awareness of the dangers of drinking. By lowering the legal drinking age in the United States to 18, you allow teens to experiment with alcohol in a controlled environment, where they can be supervised, instead of teens going to uncontrolled and unsupervised places to drink in order to hide it from their parents.

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “EQ:Should the drinking age in the United States be lowered from 21? (Matt M-TOPIC 2)

  1. Justin Clements

    Although your blog entry is well-written, I feel that if more young people are allowed to drink alcohol, there will be a higher chance of DUI’s. Also, alcohol may be a gateway to other illicit drugs.

  2. Alyssa Garrido

    I agree with your claim. However, I do not feel that just lowering the drinking age will prevent such things like DUIs or crimes committed under the influence. I believe the United States should take after a country such as Germany, who’s drinking age is 16 for beer and wine but 18 for hard liquor.

  3. Judy Sanchez

    I agree with your claim, the legal drinking age should be lowered to 18. If they are considered old enough to make the decision to join the army alone, then they should also have the right to be able to pick whether or not they can have a drink or two.

  4. Morgan Gilberti

    I also agree with your claim that the drinking age should be lowered. Lowering the drinking age will also reduce the amount of crime related to underage drinking. Allowing 18- to 20-year-olds to drink will mean they are able to go out and drink in safe bars, restaurants, etc. “Lowering MLDA 21 to 18 would allow 18- to 20-year-olds to drink alcohol safely in regulated environments with supervision.” (ProCon.org)

  5. Johna Russell

    Alcohol when drunk in moderation is not a bad thing. Binge drinking on the other hand can lead to and has led to death for many. Alcohol must be introduced responsibly and moderatly. I agree with Matt the drinking age should be lowered. Many teens do not actually want to drink alcohol but are pressured by their firends to do so because it is “cool” to do something illegal. As stated in Alyssa’s comment, countries such as Germany have “weak” alcohol legal for sixteen year olds and “hard” liquor legal at the age of eighteen. By making it legal to drink before before teens can drive, teenagers have the chance to experiment with alcohol in a supervised environment before they are allowed to experiment with the wheel.If we look back in American history the outlawing of things like alcohol has not brought anything but an increase in crime. During the Roaring Twenties crime rates soared and the Mafia made huge profits because America had outlawd alcohol. By lowering the drinking age, many lives can be saved because teens learn the rules of alcohol, such as how much they can drink before they are drunk. Moderation not radicalism is the answer, alcohol should be lowered in order to allow parents to teach their children how to drink responsibly.

  6. Kenneth Nevarez

    Changing the drinking age will not really change anything except add to the problems that come with intoxication because it allows those who are not responcible enough to handle alcohol eastier acces to it. “MLDA 21 exerts valuable social pressure on potential underage drinkers. Youth may choose not to drink, or to drink less often, because of decreased social acceptability or increased risks from parental or legal authorities. Older youth and adults may furnish alcoholic beverages to minors less frequently, and licensed alcohol outlets may sell to minors less frequently, because of their perceptions that it is illegal, morally wrong, or because they might be caught.”(M. Wolfson, A. Wagenaar, and G. Hornseth, “Law Officers’ Views on Enforcement of the Minimum Drinking Age: A Four-State Study,” http://www.hcbi.nlm.nih.gov, July 1995)

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