A Better Solution to the Underage Drinking Problem
Recently, the issue of underage drinking has become a major problem for our society. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2009), about 10.4 million young people between ages 12 and 20 have drank more than “just a few sips” of alcohol. Moreover, 5,000 people under the age of 21 die each year in alcohol-related deaths including car crashes, homicides, and other injuries such as falls (NIAAA, 2009). When adolescents go out to drink, they often cause a problem. Alcohol abuse is a significant problem among young people and a solution needs to be found. I believe that there are two approaches to dealing with this issue: many governments have created new, effective laws in order to reduce youth drinking, and lowering the minimum legal drinking age will be another good way. One solution to the problem of underage drinking is enacting stricter penalties on those who choose to drink under the legal age. Many people believe that harsher laws will act as a deterrent to the crime and it discourages teens to drink; in other words, the stricter penalties will be a ‘restraint effect’ like the death penalty. According to the Chronicle online (2012), The National Assembly passed the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing (Amendment) Bill, which addresses underage drinking and increases the penalty for allowing a person under 16-years-old to be on licensed liquor premises. Although it is good that the government is taking steps to curb underage drinking, these measures will probably not have much of an effect, as the frequency of reports of teenage drinking has not been decreasing. When people under 21 go out to drink, most of them are not thinking of the consequences of their actions, they just want to have fun. They worry about being caught, but this will make them more cautious, not stop them from drinking. Even if they are caught, this probably will not stop them from drinking again. In fact, stiffer...
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