June 24, 2014
Rising the drinking age: The only way to save our youth
Alcohol has always been apart of America’s history. During the colonial period they would ship alcohol from England to the New England colonies. Before the late nineteen eighties, the drinking age was eighteen, as it was stated that an eighteen year-old is an adult. Not long after the drinking age was raised to twenty-one to combat the rise in car accidents caused by teens. While the death total lowered, it still is a huge problem. The death total of teens killed from drink driving and other alcohol related activates is still high. To fix this once and for all we should raise the drinking age to twenty-five. Raising the age removes the forbidden fruit factor of alcohol to teens, will lower the amount of alcohol related accidents, and would lower the death total of teenagers overall.
Have you ever wanted something you couldn’t have? Most of us have. As human beings we always want things that are unobtainable. Teenagers are constantly fed messages about how great alcohol is. This makes alcohol desirable to them. To teenagers alcohol can be a luxury item. However to adults, it’s just another drink. Teenagers may deny this but the amount of alcohol related accidents say different.
Teenagers that drink alcohol don’t just die from drunk driving. They also die from alcohol poisoning. Sororities, fraternities, and college parties adore alcohol. They drink heavily and are pushing their limits every time. This normally leads to alcohol poisoning. Seaman believes that there is a chance that lowering the drinking age would in time remove these problems. He states, “Initially, there would be a surge in binge drinking as young adults favored their newfound freedom. But over time, I predict, U.S. college students would settle into the saner approach to alcohol I saw on the one campus I visited where the legal drinking age is eighteen: Montreal’s McGill University” (Seamon 180). While that is a good point, it is not worth the risk.
Raising the alcohol drinking age would lower teenage death. This forces even college senior not to smuggle alcohol to underclassmen. Motor vehicle accidents would decline. However as stated before that’s not enough. We need to limit the access teens have to alcohol. Harvard, one of the world’s most prestigious schools, has problems with their students drinking alcohol. Education is clearly not a factor.
In conclusion we need to realize that the drinking age should be raised. The Human brain is not finished developing tell age twenty-five. Raising would remove the lust of the alcohol and prevent the teen marketed commercials that persuade them. Cops wouldn’t have to work as hard to stop drink driving among teens and teens would no longer have access to alcohol from their peers that are twenty-one.
Rising the drinking age not only protects teens from themselves but protect adults as well. It will take a lot of work but I believe it is worth it.
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