The drinking age should be raised to twenty one as the current drinking age is having a huge impact on the development of the younger society. The current drinking age of eighteen is making alcohol more accessible for thirteen to eighteen year olds as although ID is mostly always required, there is still the possibility of a sixteen year old purchasing alcohol or simply an eighteen year old purchasing alcohol for the sixteen year old. Hence the easy access would with no doubt have an effect on the mental development of today’s teens, which would have a bad influence towards the future generations. The consumptions of alcohol at a young age is putting the teens in danger as the uncontrolled consumption at an age where basic skills such as driving is still developing is causing an increase on the rate of car accidents encountered by younger people. Furthermore, due to the early exposure to the substance of alcohol it is more likely for the rate of diseases such as liver disease to have an increase. However in today’s society the drinking age is considered to be the purchasing age as opposed to the legal drinking age, although if the drinking age was to be raised to twenty one, at least the well being of the future generations would be improved and that a clear boundary would be set for descendants to respect and follow.
The drinking age should be raised from eighteen to twenty one as the current drinking age is allowing more of an ease towards accessing alcohol, which is putting the younger generations in danger. For example, seeing that the legal age for drinking alcohol is eighteen, there is a fair chance for younger teens aged between thirteen and eighteen to develop a habit of drinking. The reason for this being that although identification should be always required to purchase alcohol, there is still the possibility of a sixteen year old purchasing alcohol as their age can be mistaken. However with no doubt it is easy and possible for an eighteen year old to simply purchase alcohol for the sixteen year old, what’s more even for a twelve year old. Furthermore with the early exposure of alcohol at an age where the mental well being is still being developed, it is easy for the education of today’s teenagers to have been interfered with whereby due to the lack of concentration and good health the future of these teens would be regrettably ruined. Hence the allowance of an eighteen year old to drink is not only putting young adults at risk but also young teenagers in danger.
The consumption of alcohol at an age where the mind is still maturing and distinguishing right from wrong is clearly putting young adults in danger. The unrestricted and uncontrolled consumption of alcohol is causing an increase on the rate of car accidents encountered by younger people, whereby although eighteen year olds are given the fair opportunity to show their maturity and be allowed to drink, they do not realise the responsibility ahead of them that they need to take in order to ensure safety towards themselves as well as their future. For example, seeing that it is common for a teenager to have a drivers licence by the age of eighteen although they are still developing their basic skills such as decision making and on top of that have access to alcohol despite the risks of committing to regrettable tasks such as drink driving, this is leading to serious injuries encountered in car accidents as a result of the drinking. Clearly, although young adults are given the privilege to drink it is still fair to say that they are not old enough to take up the responsibility of their own actions. Hence, it would be a better decision to increase the drinking age to twenty one as by that age they would have developed more of a sense of maturity and have realised the convenience of the raised age to make an improvement to the future.
As a result of the early exposure to alcohol there would be a huge risk put towards the well being of the under aged drinkers whereby the intake of this substance would result in a wide range of short term as well and long term effect. For example, seeing that the current legal drinking age of eighteen not only gives access for alcohol to young adults but also to secondary school students, who may as stated before have contact with eighteen year olds who may purchase alcohol for them, will with no doubt have an impact on the total well being of the user. Whether it may be emotionally with depression, mentally with addiction or even physically with more serious damage such as liver disease, this would clearly have an impact towards the lifestyle and future of these teens. Hence raising the drinking age to twenty one would enable the rate of damage to the well being of young adults to have a decrease and instead allow more of a development in the skills, habits and behaviour of today’s teens so that by the age of twenty one, they would be mature enough to take responsibility of their own actions such as drinking.
However by raising the legal drinking age there may be the risk of increasing the desire within the younger people to obtain alcohol, which may lead to more law breaking. For example, seeing that the younger society see the drinking age to have been more of the purchasing age rather than the legal drinking age, they may have more of the urge to obtain alcohol by bribing elder friends or even strangers with money or even become involved in other illegal activities such as developing false ID. Yet raising the drinking age to twenty one would still sustain a graduating space for improvement in the society’s habits as it is more likely for the majority of the population to be mature enough and take the responsibility to reject such offers of younger teens and instead lead them towards the right direction. Hence raising the drinking age to twenty one would reduce alcohol access to teenagers, which would help improve the lifestyle of their future as well as set a good example for the generations to come.
Therefore it is clear that raising the drinking age from eighteen to twenty one would result in an advancement to the society whereby this change would reduce the rate of car accidents or any violence, lower the rate of diseases to be found in the early years of teenagers, reduce the easy access of underage drinkers to alcohol as well as improve the mental well being of the teens of today’s society to allow a maximum amount of concentration and effort put towards education. Hence, raising the drinking age to twenty one would allow room for development so that a good example of healthy practices could be set for future generations to follow and respect with ease.