17 April 2013
Lowering the Drinking Age to Eighteen
Many of the 50 U.S states have their minimum drinking age set at 21. Who is to say that is “right,” though? Responsibilities of adulthood are granted to people at the age of 18. They are allowed to marry, vote, serve on juries, join the military, go to jail, and more. In fact contrary to perception, it is the middle-aged group, between thirty-one and fifty years of age that is the bulk of drunk driving. Many say that the drinking age of 21 should be kept because of problems with younger people becoming dangerous and undesirable. However, studies of all 50 states show that more alcohol related fatalities occur in states with higher drinking ages, and that having a higher drinking age does not make young adults safer In most eyes it is perceived that adolescents are the main group for drunk driving, but that is not the case according to a study that Chandigarh traffic Police did, it revealed that the number of middle aged adults surpassed the younger group which were aged eighteen to twenty-five by nearly triple. Regardless of age kids will always be able to bypass the twenty-one age requirement to get alcohol. So why not lower the drinking age back to eighteen? Eighteen is the age of adulthood in the United States, and adults should have the right to make their own decisions about alcohol consumption. An article from ProCon.Org says, “Turning eighteen entails receiving the rights and responsibilities of adulthood to vote, smoke cigarettes, serve on juries, and join the military which includes risking one’s life. On the other hand the same article states, “Lowering would be medically irresponsible, Alcohol consumption can interfere with development of the young adults brain’s frontal lobes which is essential for functions such as emotion regulation, planning, and organization.” Earlier in history, in the United States, alcohol was once completely banned...