Running head: THE MINIMUM LEGAL DRINKING AGE 1 1 The Minimum Legal Drinking Should Remain at Twenty One Chamberlain College of Nursing
THE MINIMUM LEGAL DRINKING AGE 2 Almost everyone can agree that alcohol should not be given to children. It can be a dangerous substance and can damage the users or the people around them. In the United States there is a great deal of controversy when it comes to the discussion of the minimum legal drinking age of twenty one years old. Some believe that the age of twenty one does nothing to control underage drinking and that there are more efficient ways of handling the problems of underage drinking. Others, like myself, believe that the minimum legal drinking age of twenty one is in fact the best and most effective approach of deterring underage drinking and the harmful consequences that follow. One group that believes that the minimum legal drinking age should be lowered to the age of eighteen and the current laws of twenty one are not working is the Amethyst Initiative. The Amethyst Initiative is an organization made up of U.S. college presidents and chancellors that in July 2008 launched a movement calling for the reconsideration of U.S. legal drinking age, particularly the minimum age of twenty one. The members of the Amethyst Initiative argue that by lowering the legal drinking age from twenty one to eighteen years old will make young adult drinking habits more responsible than the current alcohol use among young adults. The members argue that as a result of a higher drinking age, this has led to more binge drinking on campuses across the United States. Along with the Amethyst Initiative which is partnered with Choose Responsibility has come up with set plans that they believe would be a better and more effective alternative then the minimum legal drinking age of twenty one. The primary argument made in the Initiative's statement in favor of repealing the twenty one laws is that these laws make alcohol taboo, which drives underage drinking underground and causing more binge drinking to take place than otherwise would, due to the allure of doing something that they are not suppose
THE MINIMUM LEGAL DRINKING AGE 3 to be doing, the allure of “forbidden fruit” and the need for secrecy when drinking. By lowering the drinking age, young adult consumption would come out into the open and binge drinking would not be as wide spread as it is now. The second argument made by the Initiative is that the legal age should be lowered and young adults should have alcohol education classes. Colleges would then be allowed to have open, honest and to the point discussions about responsible drinking. This would teach the now underage drinkers how to drink responsibly (Saylor, 2011).
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