Thursday, May 5, 2016

Regarding Lowering the Drinking Age

It's defiantly a conundrum. Why am I old enough to get drafted but not old enough to drink? I, personally, have never tried alcohol and I'm not planning to anytime soon. But many my age, (18), can name off more than a few that regularly drink well under the legal age. This, of course, leads to innumerable health compilations. However, what does prolonging the inevitable brain damage from 18 to 21, (assuming we actually abide by the law) actually do? It most certinly deters some people from underage consumption. But it also makes alcohol significantly more alluring for the rebellious teenager. One classmate suggests to lower the drinking age to 18, but then pass a low tolerance act. This would mean that one transgression breaking the law (DUI, Public Intoxication, etc.) would lead to immediate revocing of any and all alcoholic privlages until the offender is at least 21 years old. I think this could, in theory, be an ample solution. The amount of drunken accidents corrolates in parallel to the legal drinking age. (The most instances of drunken violence or accidents happen predominantly in individuals 21-24, the early years of drinking) So this idea of a "No tolerance policy" could work on a practical level. In any case, Alcohol abuse can't ever be full stopped without a neo-prohibition act. But since the notion is far fetched at best, a strict crackdown on our drinking policy might be the best solution.

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