March 29, 2010
When people remember about the happy times in their lives, their teenage years are usually the most recalled memories. As teenagers, who are between the ages of 13 to 18, people are more influenced to try new things. These things can consist of trying out new sports, earn money by getting a job, even learning to play an instrument. But what really interests them the most is drugs. Cigarettes, marijuana, and alcohol were, and still are, substances that can cause peer pressure among teenagers. Teenagers smoked cigarettes because they thought it was cool, a means of showing off, and a way to relieve from stress. Marijuana was smoked because it was relaxing. 30 years ago the drinking age was 18, and the government changed it to 21. Several government officials question if it should be revised. Nancy Hogan is a professor and graduate program coordinator in the School of Criminal Justice at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. She believes the drinking age should be revised due to faithful understanding of the teenage mind. “Some believe 21-year-olds are more mature and more responsible while critics argue that at 18, men and women already are mature in that they can marry, serve in the armed forces, and make their own legal decisions.” In today’s generation of teenagers, boys and girls go to parties, usually hosted by fellow students, and they drink an excessive amount of alcoholic beverages. There are some students who have a high tolerance to the effects of alcohol, but only to a certain point. Others can succumb to the effects more quickly due to lower tolerance. Eva Erskine is an adjunct faculty member in the Training and Development master’s program at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She believes the drinking age should not be revised due to lack of evidence that younger drinkers will handle alcohol consumption responsibly. The governments’ choice to...