Should the legal consumption of alcohol age lowered to eighteen? Changing the legal alcohol age from twenty one to eighteen has become a hot topic throughout the years due to the effects it has on the body and the rising number of deaths. The current drinking age, twenty one, has not stopped underage drinking; in fact, it has encouraged it. It has pushed binge drinking into private and less controlled environments, leading to more health and life endangering behavior by teens. At the age of eighteen the government labels you as an adult and tags along the title of responsibility. Turning eighteen entails the rights of adulthood: voting, serving on juries, getting married, signing contracts, joining the military, and being prosecuted as adults. Adults at the age of eighteen should, therefore, be trusted to make decisions. Many people will argue that teenagers aren’t mature enough to handle drinking at such an early age, but if the government will label them adults at eighteen, treat them like one. If teens are able to vote, buy guns, purchase cigarettes, sign up and die for this country at eighteen, why shouldn’t they be allowed to consume alcohol?
According to The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia, “Alcohol is actually a depressant; it slows down the mind by depressing the nervous system and often results in more extreme depression. Also, statistics prove that alcohol is one of the biggest killers, accounting for more deaths and illnesses than the total of those that come from the use of all illegal drugs.” Drinking among college students continue to rise every year despite the efforts to prevent it. College students are going to drink alcohol regardless if it is legal or illegal. Lowering the drinking age would allow them to be safer about their drinking habits because it would no longer force them to binge drink.
Why are teens allowed to vote at eighteen, but can’t consume alcohol? Is there that much of a difference? With drinking alcohol, as most know, comes with responsibility and maturity. Voting is the same thing. Teens must take voting seriously because it will possibly affect their future. It amazes many people that the government will allow teenagers the privilege of electing the president, the leader of the country, the man or woman who will sign laws for this country, and who will lead armed forces, but will not allow teens the opportunity to consume alcohol.
Cigarettes, for years, have been known to cause deaths, cancer, and many other known diseases. Much like voting, cigarettes are a...