Proponents of lowering the drinking age to 18 routinely surface with arguments that have become all too familiar.
The drinking age shouldn’t be lowered because of three very real risks: drunk driving, alcohol poisoning, and violent and/or destructive behavior.
Why should 18 year olds drink?
On the other hand, some argue that allowing 18-year-olds to drink alcohol would cause a spike in underage drinking; teens would see alcohol consumption as “less of a big deal” because of its accessibility. This education should include the legal, ethical and health consequences of abusing alcohol.
Why should people under 21 not drink?
School performance problems, such as higher absenteeism and poor or failing grades. Alcohol dependence later in life. Other risk behaviors such as smoking, abuse of other drugs, and risky sexual behaviors. Drinking by those below the age of 21 is strongly associated with alcohol-impaired driving.
Can you drink at 18 in US?
Alcohol consumption by youth in the United States of America is an umbrella term for alcohol consumption by individuals under the age of 18 in the country. Although the minimum legal age to purchase alcohol is 21 in all states (see National Minimum Drinking Age Act), the legal details for consumption vary greatly.
Will lowering the drinking age to 18 save lives?
Although 1 recent study cited by proponents of lowering the minimum legal drinking age concluded that the minimum legal drinking age does not save lives, the authors used methods that differed from those of other studies.
How does alcohol affect the brain?
Alcohol has a profound effect on the complex structures of the brain. It blocks chemical signals between brain cells (called neurons), leading to the common immediate symptoms of intoxication, including impulsive behavior, slurred speech, poor memory, and slowed reflexes.
Is drinking under 21 a felony?
It is unlawful for a person under 21 years of age to purchase, attempt to purchase, possess or consume an alcoholic drink. A minor in violation of this offense is guilty of a misdemeanor. For the first conviction, the minor will be fined up to $1000. The minor’s driving privileges will also be suspended for up to year.
What state can you drink at 18?
U.S. history of alcohol minimum purchase age by state
|State||Pre-Prohibition (prior to 1919)||1980s / Drinking Age Act of 1984|
|Arizona||?||1985: Raised to 21|
|Arkansas||Pre 1925: None 1925: 21||21|
|California||Pre 1891: Regulated by municipality/county (common age was 16) 1891: 18 (statewide)||21|
|Colorado||None||Raised to 21 in 1987|
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Is it OK to drink at 15?
Advice for parents:
If children do drink alcohol, they shouldn’t do so until they’re at least 15 years old. If 15 to 17 year olds drink alcohol, it should be rarely, and never more than once a week. If 15 to 17 year olds drink alcohol, they should never exceed the recommended adult weekly limit (14 units of alcohol).