Lowering The Drinking Age

Lowering the drinking age can be seen a sensible option. An eighteen year old you can join the military, be tried as an adult in the courts and even buy a gun in many states, but you cannot purchase alcohol. It seems sensible then that the drink age should be lowered to take into account these anomalies. I disagree, lowering the drinking age would result in more fatalities on the roads, early alcoholism and binge drinking and violent and aggressive behaviours and early damage to our brain development which can affect our educational achievement and social status later on in life.

Statistics from motoring groups show that drinking and driving is strongly correlated with youth. The worst offenders seem to be between the ages of 18 to 24. Lowering the drinking age would be encouraging this age group to drink more and take greater risks resulting in injury, disability and even death. Motoring insurance group have shown lowering the age of drinking would result in more road fatalities.

Drinking can also cause aggressive and violent behaviour, lead to drug abuse and increase sexual behaviour. Crime figures reveal that a lot of murders, assaults and rapes were fuelled by drink. Many of the perpetrators of these crimes were drunk.

Drinking from a young age can cause early alcoholism. There are many social and medical issues that come with alcoholism, such as kidney and liver damage, mental health problems, diabetes and high blood pressure and some cancers. These can cause life limiting problems. Many hospitals have had to deal with young people suffering from alcohol poisoning, when medical staff could be treating other conditions that are not self-inflicted. Long term health issues caused by alcohol addiction can put strain on medical resources.

Drinking at a young age can cause an under development of the brain. Alcohol affects the part of the brain that deals with learning and memory. Young peoples’ brains are not completely developed until age 25. Drinking at a young age will impede their progress in school. Poor grades can limit chances of getting a good job limiting an individual’s life choices.

The late teens and early twenties are formative years. Young people are learning life skills and progressing in education. Drink is a distraction. Drunk driving, binge drinking, and violent and destructive behaviour can affect our whole life, so lowering the drinking age is unhelpful.