In the United States some activities require an individual to be a certain age to do that activity. For instance, a hunting license is set at sixteen, a driving license set at sixteen, and going to a club at eighteen. Although US citizens are considered adults at the age of eighteen most “adults” this age are not mature enough to responsibly drink alcohol. The government should enforce the Minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) of 21 more intensely and set up programs to educate young adults about the risks of alcohol.
Maturity plays a big part of the reason why the MLDA should stay the same. Anyone under the age of 21 is most likely to be not mature or responsible enough. Being responsible as a teenager can be tough, especially when there is alcohol involved. The article “The minimum drinking age: facts and fallacies” by Traci Toomey, Carolyn Rosefeld, and Alexander Wagenaar states that from 1970 to 1975 the legal drinking age in the United States was lowered to eighteen, nineteen or twenty in 29 states. The article goes on to say that several studies show that the lowered MLDA in the 29 states had an immediate impact on motor vehicles crashes increased among teens. This shows that the decrease in the MLDA affected the teenagers in a negative way by allowing them to drink at a younger less mature age.
Another concern with lowering the drinking age is negative on teen’s health. Under the age of 21 your brain is still developing. During this development alcohol negatively affects all parts of the brain, including coordination, motional control, thinking, decision making, hand-eye movement, speech, and memory (Pg.2 Par.6). This shows that alcohol does affect the underage drinkers mentally and physically. Additional binge drinking is common among teens and can cause liver disease.
Lastly, the current MLDA is set to the right age, but it is not enforced effectively. The government should start a drinking permit. Just like someone would get...