Imagine if you have a 16 years old daughter who got drunk in a party and got rape or got into an accident because of Alcohol drinking? In this current day there’s still a massive argument about the legal drinking age, if it should be remained the same or raise back to 21 years old. Apparently, there’s a massive support against raising the legal age of drinking from the public and specially from big alcohol companies. Many researchers and many medical professional’s wants to change the legal age in drinking from 18 to 21 years old due of solid evidence that ‘alcohol use is the leading contributor to the worldwide burden of injury, disability and mortality among individuals aged 10-24 years old according to gore et al.. (2011 ) and that indicates a serious health and community problem. This essay will discuss about the impact of alcohol drinking in young people and provide reasons why the legal age should be raise to 21 years old.
One argument from opposite view is that 18 should be the legal age of drinking because at this age they have rights and responsibilities of adulthood to vote, sign contracts and be prosecuted as adults. However, increasing the legal drinking age to 21 helps to prevent underage binge drinking and reduce the number of alcohol related incidents and accidents among young people. “Developing brain of youths appears to be more sensitive to disruption by chronic drinking than the mature adult brain. As a result, heavy alcohol consumption during adolescence may affect the development of the brain.”Yurok(2012). According to Calallghan et al. life transition or adolescence would likely the reason why number of alcohol related cases or incidents increases due to youth alcohol consumption one of these example is When the government of New Zealand approved to lower their national drinking age from 20 to 18 years old ,it show a significant increase of alcohol-involved accidents among youths aged 15 to 19 years old according to Wenchsler and Nelson(june,2010)
Another argument from the opposite view is that alcohol drinking is an enjoyable activity, increasing the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 years old wouldn’t stop young people to consume alcohol. I understand this point of view, however by increasing the legal age from 18 to 21...