Should 18 Be The New 21?
GPS Tracking Company Looks At Reducing Drinking Age
When a person turns 18 they are officially considered an adult in pretty much every sense of the word. 18 means you are likely no longer on your parent’s insurance policies, you have the right to vote and that you have the right to join the military and fight for the your country. 18 means the state believes you need to be held responsible for your actions, meaning if you do something Juvenile Hall is no longer an option. With all the changes turning 18 brings there is still one thing you are not allowed to do at the age of 18, and that is purchase/consumer alcohol legally. However, should the laws that require people to wait until the age of 21 to purchase or consumer alcohol make sense?
The United States has some of the more strict laws concerning the consumption of alcohol. For example, driving under the influence is now considered a felony that will result in not only heavy financial penalties, but loss of license. Although the topic of drinking and driving is a completely separate subject, it is important to note that in many other regions across the world that people who have exposure to alcohol at a very young are are much less likely to abuse the substance than someone who was not. For example, in countries such as France, Italy, Greece and even China there are laws that allow people to drink ranging from age 14-18, and often times if the person is having alcohol with the family there really is no set age limit. Early exposure to alcohol tends to create a different behavioral feel for people who consume alcohol, and that is one of the reasons why some people feel the drinking age should be lowered.
Think about this for a moment, you are a 20-year old marine who just came back from Iraq and you are getting married. Even though you have the right to vote, defend your country and get married, you would be thrown in jail if you were caught by the authorities drinking at your own wedding. Does that seem right or fair?
GPS tracking company Tracking System Direct has always been a strong proponent of safety and responsibility, and that is why we find the topic of reducing the legal age of drinking to 18 very interesting. This is because many statistics show that increasing the age of drinking actually has more of a negative impact on the behavior of drinking than positive. Teens feel a need to be secretive about their drinking, drink without supervision or want to drink even more because they are told they are not supposed to have alcohol. All these things result in a bad situation not a good one.
Lowering The Drinking Age To 18
Do you believe that it is a good idea to reduce the drinking age in the United States from 21 to 18? Would alcohol-related problems increase or be reduced with the lowering of the legal drinking age?
Would you let your teenage son or daughter drink at the age of 18?