Wednesday, December 7, 2011
My Own Thoughts on Changing the Drinking Age
Unfortunately, I disagree with your stance on lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18. In your post you argue that "eighTEEN" year olds would be doing more drinking and driving than at 21 years old, which seems a bit far-fetched. No matter what the age, there are people in this world that are too selfish to realize that they would be endangering themselves as well as others by getting into and driving a car while intoxicated. Also, it seems more likely that people that are legally able to drink in public would have more reason to get into a car, while intoxicated, in order to make it home. The reason why so many 18 year olds are "binge drinking" is partly because they are not able to drink legally so when they manage to obtain alcohol, they have to consume their contents quickly since it is not legal for them to be consuming any alcohol at all. Your argument that at 18 many people are not mature enough to drink at that age again is a bit far-fetched. At 18 years old you are able to vote for our president and the policies that they represent, which is a pretty huge responsibility. With that in mind, if the drinking age was lowered to 18, most responsible 18 year olds would stay in line and not become crazy bingeing alcoholics if given the option. People that are prone to being crazy and getting behind the wheel while intoxicated are probably going to have the same general mindset at 21 years old as well. I am not saying that we should lower the drinking age to 18, but if it were lowered, I don't think it would be the end of the world. "With great power, comes great responsibility", so if you gave 18 year olds the chance to drink at that age, they would most likely step in line and try to prove that drinking legally at 18 can be a responsible yet still fun time.