How would you feel if you had a friend, family member, or anyone else that meant everything to you killed in a car accident from a drunk driver? The legal drinking age in the United States of America is currently at age 21, but by having it changed to 25 the streets would be safer, people wouldn’t die at a younger age due to cancer, and the human brain isn’t even fully developed at age 21.
When my best friend passed away along with her mom from a drunk driver I was furious, to say the least. The man who killed my friend had just turned 21 and is now faced with a life sentence due to his actions. Me personally, I believe he got off the hook to easily and if the US still enforced it, he should’ve gotten the death sentence. If this is how I feel on the subject it makes you wonder how my friend’s father feels about it, to not only lose his daughter but his wife too. Because of the actions of this 21-year-old man, two families are now distraught, the man’s family and the victim’s family.
Mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, liver, and breast cancer are associated with drinking alcohol. (Robert Croyle) By having the legal drinking age at 21, not only are these 21-year-olds more vulnerable to cancer but so are younger people. In other research, 40 percent of 16 to 17-year-olds admit they drink to get drunk. With 18-24-year-olds, this ignoble pursuit jumps to 63 percent. While it is not illegal for parents to supply children with alcohol in a private residence, it’s time we got smarter with how we treat alcohol. (Steve Allsop) The 21-year-olds are supplying younger people with alcohol and in some cases, even the parents supply younger people with alcohol. In this case, the best thing to do would be to raise the tax on booze.
In 1984, the US government under Ronald Reagan lifted the drinking age from 18 to 21. States which fought it had their funding for highways withheld. By 1988, all had complied. Raising the age limit by three years was reported to have resulted in a 16 percent fall in the number of crashes involving young people. (Kylie Lang) Yet problem drinking doesn’t only affect the drinker, it impacts families and communities and the socio-economic cost is exorbitant and unsustainable.
If people are old enough to go to war, vote or drive a car, the reason they should be able to have a beer. If booze were taboo until 21 — as it was before 1974 then drinking would be driven underground and bingeing would get worse. Car accidents would be more frequent, 21-year-olds would be more likely to get cancer, people would be charged with DUI, and the human brain would be fully developed.
The Legal drinking age should be changed to age 25 to avoid any kind of trouble for younger people. The streets would be safer, people wouldn’t die at a younger age due to cancer, and the human brain isn’t even fully developed at age 21. Young people deserve the best shot at life, and if lifting the legal drinking age will help, then let’s give it due consideration instead of dismissing it.
Allsop, Steve. “Strong Evidence for Raising Drinking Age but Little Support.” The Conversation, The Conversation, 25 Feb. 2019, theconversation.com/strong-evidence-for-raising-drinking-age-but-little-support-14556.
Croyle, Robert. “Cancer Trends Progress Report.” Red Meat Consumption, Feb. 2018, progressreport.cancer.gov/prevention/alcohol.
Lang, Kylie. “It’s time to raise the legal drinking age to 25.”2016 https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/its-time-to-raise-the-legal-drinking-age-to-25/news-story/77727b74d8b40c2749f2df680dabbd77.