Lower the drinking age to 18

Essay by kellybagCollege, Undergraduate March 2009

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College life is filled with changes. It is filled with many new experiences. As college students, we are on our own, adults. As adults we are responsible for keeping up to date on information that affects us. One issue that affects college student’s nation wide is drinking. If you look around at college parties it seems as if everyone is drinking. Actually you are probably right, but over half of those people drinking are also under the legal drinking age. Drinking is one of the main forms of entertainment for the typical college student. The current legal drinking age in the United States is twenty-one years of age. However, if an eighteen year old is old enough and mature enough to vote and serve the country in war, he or she should be able to drink. With the proper upbringing and schooling on the subject, a debate has started to see whether or not lower the drinking age to 18 would be a reasonable solution to keep students from over drinking.

Underage drinking is inevitable. And there is a fact almost every American was used to be underage drinking. There is no way to avoiding drinking. When teenagers get 18 years and have banquet with family, I don't think they will mind if their children drink a little bit of their wine or champagne. That's underage drinking. However, it is easy for people to ignore this problem. Because in their mind, underage drinking’s definition is binge drinking and got drunk. Having a taste of wine, it is called classic. Maybe some time the first step of drinking is start from family. Besides, teenage treat drinking as a “forbidden fruit” when we catalog alcohol as an adult beverage. Maybe they feel like they are old enough, they want to try some adult entertainment like drinking.

As an adult, we are on the way learning self control and self responsibility. If the minimum drinking age was reduced to 18, or at least made to be more convenient and logical, I believe a cut down on underage drinking would occur. At the age of 16, anyone can get their driver's license after about 6 months of road time and studying rules and laws about driving. Next, at the age of 18, teens can smoke cigarettes until their lungs turn black, they can buy shotguns and handguns, and they can even be drafted into the military from the protection of their own homes. All of these privileges and responsibilities are opened on a teens 18th birthday, yet they can't sit down and have a few beers with friends and/or family. One of my friends was once got discovered of underage by police. And he went to the court; finally he lost the case and paid 5000dollar for lawyer fee, this is not the worse part. He got the record from the underage drinking. But ironically, after few years he just paid 500 dollar, he cleared the record. When I heard about the news, I feel like so ridiculous, if the government charge you because of the underage drinking, how can they get it clear so easily. Or if people reach 21 years old could clear their record, why doesn’t the government just change the drinking age to 18 years old as many countries do. Seriously, we could notice that the underage drinking is a well known topic. If the law or government is strict enough they could catch a bunch of teenage binge drinking. Actually, one more affair happened from my friend about underage drinking. My friend host a party for a girl to celebrity the birthday. And people are drinking and dancing at the house. And the end of party, the police came, it scared most of the people and they hide inside the house. But the police just dropped by and given them a verbal warning not even come inside. Every one would realize their will be amount of underage people. If the police don’t even take it serious, why will the law exist?More over many citizens agree on that people will drink alcohol no matter what the federal government does to outlaw the possession and consumption of it. They also think the low is never coming close to enforcement of underage drinking. Is it possible the federal government lower the underage drinking?