Alexandria Carmon | Staff Writer
For a long period of time, society has debated the issue of whether or not the drinking age should be lowered to 18. Some people support lowering the drinking age, while others are against it due to fear of rising DUI incidents.
However, if an 18-year old is old enough to take a bullet for his or her country, vote, and attend an R-rated movie, they should have the right to purchase a bottle of liquor.
There are many reasons why 18-year-olds should have the right to drink.
The first reason is a lot are already drinking despite law restrictions. “Currently, 18-year-olds are engaging in underage drinking and I’m sure there are students that have started drinking at a much earlier age,” says Kamali Lowe, a sophomore, Computer Science major from Brooklyn, New York.
When teens enter college, various types of liquor become more accessible whether it is sitting on the kitchen counter at parties or passed around in a red cup at “kickbacks” in student residence halls. If the student isn’t able to purchase the drink on their own, they are getting people who are of age to purchase the alcohol for them. In addition, some students have even purchased fake identification to purchase alcoholic beverages.
In addition, another reason is that wine is considered healthier when it is drunk in moderation. “Drinking wine is actually beneficial to your heart,” says Christopher Roundtree, a sophomore psychology major from Richmond, Virginia.
A health blog by Dr. David Samadi says “the alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.”
The third reason is that America is one of the few countries that has a drinking age of 21 and up. The United Kingdom holds a more liberal attitude when it comes to drinking. As a result, European youths learn to drink responsibly at younger ages.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “It is asserted that alcohol is more integrated into European, and especially southern European, culture and that young people there learn to drink at younger ages within the context of the family.” In fact, a glass of wine with every dinner is the norm in European cultures.
American kids are going to drink simply for the fact that they do not have the right. However, if they have the right, the urge to drink will diminish since they know they can do it legally anytime they please.