Agree: Lowering The Drinking Age

Agree that the drinking age in the USA should be lowered?  The drinking age of 21 is simply not working; those who are under the age of 21 are still able to acquire alcohol even though it is illegal.  Even though it appears that the increase of the drinking age caused less accidents and deaths, in reality this has just shifted the problem.  The increase in the drinking age to 21 has actually caused an increase in alcohol abuse by those under the age of 21.  Additionally, at the age of 18 an individual can do anything and is considered an adult, yet they are unable to consume alcohol.  These are the reasons that point clearly to the fact that the drinking age should be lowered.

Although the change in the alcohol laws from 18 to 21 has evidence that it resulted in fewer alcohol related traffic accidents, this has effectively moved the problem to college campuses.  Since the change in the drinking age, there has been an increase in alcohol abuse and binge drinking, largely on college campuses and especially by those under the age of 21. Additionally, at the age of 18 if an individual is considered an adult, can marry, smoke, serve in the military, and vote, then they should also be allowed to consume alcohol.  Also, the rise of the age can not directly be attributed to less alcohol related traffic incidents because other factors are in play, such as education regarding drunk driving, increased seat beat and airbag usage, and safer automobiles.  The change of the drinking age in 1984 may have solved some problems, but  it created just as many.

A lower drinking age would also encourage more responsible drinking.  By prohibiting alcohol consumption to those under the age of 21, it creates a temptation to break the rules.  Alcohol is to teenagers as the forbidden fruit is to Adam and Eve; resisting the urges of indulging one’s self can be quite challenging especially with all of the commercials that are encourage drinking.  Also, teenagers in other countries with lower drinking ages are less likely to drink to intoxication as drinking is more of a social activity.  Parents in these countries treat responsible drinking, whereas in the USA many individuals attend uncontrolled parties and learn irresponsible drinking habits which leads to alcohol abuse.  A lower drinking age would encourage responsible drinking as supported by examining habits of teenagers in other countries.

Changing the legislation regarding the age to consume alcohol would be benefical.  The increase of the drinking age arguable had no effect or simply shifted the problems.  By changing the age to 18, individuals would acquire all of their adult responsibilities at once which would be fairer.  Additionally, it would encourage parents to teach responsible drinking as opposed to teenagers increasing their chances for alcohol abuse by engaging in drinking in unfamiliar environments.  All of these facts lead to the culmination that the drinking age should be lowered.


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June 30th, 2009 11:03 am

I think that it really doesn’t matter what the drinking age is. Someone is always going to break the rules. Like it said above, if they keep the drinking age at 21, then it is always going to be a temptation to the younger people, thus causing them to act irresponsibly.

James Willis
September 21st, 2009 6:10 am

i am a teenager and i think that even if the drinking age is lower then we will still get drunk

it will however lower the amount of binge drinkers because it will seem less of a novelty and more of a routine.


October 12th, 2009 3:53 pm

i do drink why not just because it does break a stupid rule but i like it. i think that more people would stop binging if it was lowerd beacsue most young people do iot to be cool

Matt Irvine
October 14th, 2009 7:39 am

If anything, the drinking age should be raised. One’s brain does not stop developing until they are about 25 years of age. Consumption of alcohol while the brain is still developing can result in long-term repercussions such as brain damage.

You say that “Since the change in the drinking age, there has been an increase in alcohol abuse and binge drinking”. Are you suggesting that the increase in alcohol abuse is a direct result of the change in the drinking age? Post hoc ergo propter hoc? No, alcohol abuse increased simply as a result of a shift in cultural ideas and opinions. Alcohol is more accepted in today’s society, people just view it as harmless, and thus the consumtion of it by young people is more accepted, even though it’s illegal, and even though it is causing them long-term damage.

Really, in the best interests of young people, the drinking age should be increased to 25 and the penalties for underage drinking should be made much more severe.

October 17th, 2009 6:32 pm

I agree with Matt on this. biologically, you should not be drinking at that age. I am a teenager, and i know people that come into school drunk on a regular basis. the only result in lowering the drinking age will be younger kids will be abusing alcohol.

the average age that a person will become a regular drinker is around the age of 16. the age that someone will have their first drink is 11 for girls and 13 for boys.

If we lower the age for drinking, then the age that kids will start drinking will also drop. do you want to turn on the news and find that a 8 year old just died from over consumption of alcohol?
I agree, raise the drinking age.

October 23rd, 2009 2:15 am

The decision to lower the age for one to legally consume alcohol is up to the state. There is one catch for the state if it lowers the drinking age, that is that the federal government wont assist in paying for maintanence of its highways. If the state keeps the drinking age at 21, the federal government will help pay about 15-20% of the maintanence bill. Then theres the usual everyday malarkey for keeping the age at 21…

Lizz Cook
October 26th, 2010 9:27 am

Just need to lower it because they are going to do it anyway. Some parents even buy their kids alcohol. If your old enough to serve for this country and possibly die for it too you should be allowed to atleast drink.

November 18th, 2010 7:15 pm

I’m underage, and my parents allow me to have a drink on special occasions with the family, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. I am responsible, and rather mature for my age, hence the reason they allow me to do so. They have taught me the importance of careful, responsible drinking. When I go to parties with friends, I am careful about how much I drink, and how I handle situations involving alcohol. I don’t drink to be rebellious, or to break the law. I know from watching the teens around me that a LOT of kids drink and binge BECAUSE it is something they KNOW they’re not supposed to be doing, just to be rebellious and to prove something to themselves, as well as their friends. Doing something you’re not supposed to gives you a rush, plain and simple. A lower drinking age would be beneficial, for that reason, and for the fact that there are plenty of mature, responsible teens (such as myself) that would be able to handle the privledge to drink legally at 18.

November 18th, 2010 7:24 pm

To Phillip:

The students who go to school drunk or hungover only strengthen the offensive stereotypes that teenagers have to face. There is no argument that some teenagers abuse alcohol, but you have to look closer at those student specifically. Look at the lives they live outside of school; unemployed parents, domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect, divorce, poverty… All these things drive kids to look for another way out. You cannot simply say that the drinking age should be raised because of the kids who abuse alcohol with the current drinking age being 21. People tend to overlook the underlying and even common reasons that teenagers drink in the first place. Also, if you look at other countries who allow teenagers to drink, they have fairly LOW percentages of teenagers abusing alcohol, because drinking is a common, regular thing, that those teenagers are used to. It is a part of their culture. There parents teach them about the dangers of drinking too much, too often at early ages.

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