Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?
In my opinion, absolutely not. No, nada, nope. Listen, I hope that I don’t seem too conservative in my posts. I am not a conservative. I am also not a liberal. I am just a person who tends to think with my emotions first, who tries to end the day thinking with my rationality last.
I’m not sure how a lot of people feel about this issue. But I do know that a lot of people tend to compare being able to go to war at 18, with being able to drink at the age of 18. I can understand that. We are allowed to risk our lives at the age of 18, so why can’t we drink at the age 18? Well, I have an answer for that. Technically, you are still risking your life when you drink at the age of 18. Unlike going to the military, where you are trained to go to war and protect your country, there aren’t too many training courses on how to drink, other than telling people not to drink and drive.
And to be honest, it’s not something that you can really train people. To me, it’s something that comes with maturity, and that comes with mental development. A lot of people I know drank alcohol completely different at age 21 than they do at age 25. You gain more insight, awareness, and experiences as you get older. When you are young, I feel that you drink for the feeling and to fit in. When you get older, you drink for the social aspect and as a relaxation method. I do not feel that an 18-year-old is at the maturity level to really understand the effects the alcohol can have on the body. I honestly do not think that a lot of 21-year-olds do either.
So, in case you didn’t catch it the first time, no, I do not think that the drinking age should be lowered. Maturity takes time, and 18 is not enough time. Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think!