According to Professor Engs’ article Why the Drinking Age Should Be Lowered: An Opinion Based upon Research, the drinking age should be lowered to 18 or 19, and allow young adults to “drink in controlled environments such as restaurants, taverns, pubs, and official school and university functions.” Essentially, his reasoning is that our current system is not working, so a new approach is necessary. The approach that he discusses involves looking back in time when these problems weren’t prevalent and seeing if the rules of that time applied today will help the issues we are facing.
Though he also agrees that the drinking age should be lowered, Brandon Griggs’ article Should the U.S. Lower its Drinking Age?, takes the approach that the drinking age should be lowered because placing such novelty on alcohol without teaching kids their boundaries only results in trouble. This leads to kids abusing the use of alcohol once they finally reach the age limit. Griggs also notes that the person who is starting the movement of trying to get the drinking age lowered is a college professor who states that it would actually be better to have kids under supervision so that they can learn their limits with alcohol in a safe environment.
Before researching the topic, I already had the sentiments that the drinking age should be lowered. Similar to Griggs, I also thought that presenting alcohol as an elusive, unobtainable substance only leads to the misuse of alcohol later on in their lives when it is available to them. I hadn’t however took on Engs’ mentality in thinking of lowering the drinking age as an opportunity to teach kids their limits with alcohol while being in controlled environments. Ultimately I think that lowering the drinking age would primarily serve to benefit kids and society as a whole.
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