When did you drink for the first time? Would you like to know more before taking the first sip? I bet many of you did it before you were 21. Maybe you had no idea what you were doing and it ended in vomiting.
Drinking age is both relevant and ignored. In the United States, the drinking age is universally set at 21, and while states have the ability to adjust this number, they would end up losing 10% of federal highway funds if they were lowering it, thanks to a 1984 attempt by Congress to arm the country into a standard drinking age.
While it’s perfectly reasonable to have to be an adult to drink, it doesn’t make sense that the legal drinking age is 21 when the legal age of majority is 18. As controversial as the subject is, the United States must catch up with its standards.
In Germany and France, teenagers can buy alcohol at the age of 16, although this is quite regulated, with limits set and chaperones required for teenagers under 18. Most other countries set 18 as the legal drinking age – the age commonly accepted as the first year of adulthood. Isn’t it somewhat ironic that we cherish our “freedoms” as what sets us apart from European countries, when it is a very clear example that adults in Europe have much more freedom than here?
I find it quite confusing that at 18 I had to sign up for the draft and maybe fight in a war, but I still can’t go out and have a drink in a restaurant. I am a legal adult and have all other responsibilities. It’s like the law is trying to stop teenagers from drinking, but maybe that’s the wrong thing to protect us from.
It has not always been so. The drinking age changed between 18 and 21 years. When the drafting age was lowered from 21 to 18 during World War II and later the voting age, US lawmakers in different parts of the country chose to lower the drinking age. alcohol in some states. , an example being Wisconsin. It made sense.
Understandably, young adults under the legal drinking age traveled to the least restrictive states to drink and purchase alcohol, and it sometimes ended badly in car crashes. This, along with the “poor school performance” argument, led the federal government to look at raising the drinking age. Lobbying by parents and religious groups helped usher in the change.
People thinking they know best for others; which almost never ends well.
There’s the argument that some 18-year-olds are still in high school and might be too immature to drink, or they might be buying booze for their underage friends. This is a concern, but it is far-fetched because laws can easily be written to limit or restrict the amount of alcohol one can buy. Perhaps the legislator could limit people of a certain age to products that are low in alcohol by volume, for example.
Simply banning a substance is not the solution, and it does not work. The key is not legality, but rather regulation. People will do what they want – the best the government can do is try to channel laws and behavior in a progressive and logical direction.
And it’s absurd to assume that drinking doesn’t happen in college among under-21s, because it does. People drink in college. Many. Whether you live on campus or not, when you enter college you are an adult and no one will stop you from going off campus to a fraternity.
Students drink before sporting events, during parties, and pretty much anytime. A big part of the appeal and culture of being in a fraternity or sorority is the alcohol-based party culture. I really don’t see any other interest in being part of it. A lot of the hardest partying and heaviest drinking seems to happen in the first year, at least that’s what I’ve seen with people living on campus. People have been hospitalized, passed out, vomited on the stairs and done poorly executed skateboard stunts.
It can be dangerous for young drinkers not to know their level of alcohol tolerance or its effects. But lowering the drinking age could lessen the appeal of alcohol and make it safer for people coming to college. Even just creating a safer, more regulated culture within the college could go a long way. People could more easily recognize problems like abusive drinking behavior and get help.
When you turn 18, the days of being housed are over and you should be prepared to be treated like an adult. If the law recognizes me as an adult, I should be entitled to the same rights and penalties as any other adult; It’s only justice.