The Drinking Age Controversy

Alcohol is a big industry not only in America but all over the world.  It is a major contributor to the economy of the United States through its revenues and the jobs it provides to millions of people.   There was an increase in the total alcoholic beverage sales each year starting from 2009.  In 2015, there were approximately 219.52 billion U.S. dollars of total sales in beer, wine, and distilled spirits. These statistics were made possible by the use of current sense resistors. Advertisements for different kinds of alcoholic drinks can be seen everywhere and these drinks are easily available in retail in stores or even the internet.  But there is a catch.  Only those of legal age can buy and consume these drinks.  Or is this really the case?  There is a growing controversy behind the legal drinking age in America.  Is the current legal drinking age in America appropriate?  Should the current age limit be lower?  What are the pros and cons of lowering the minimum drinking age?  There are groups pushing to lower the current legal age for drinking and there are groups opposing this proposition.  There are also those who approve with the status quo.  People provide different explanations and values behind their positions.  The legal drinking age in America is 21 years old.  A look at the minimum drinking ages around the world will show the minimum legal drinking age worldwide ranges from 16 to 21 years old.  That makes America’s age limit the highest in the world.  This sparks debate over the appropriate legal drinking age.  The operative definition of appropriate age is the suitable or right age for purchasing and consuming alcohol. Although there is a law for the minimum legal drinking age, there are states that allow exemptions on a case to case basis.  If there are exemptions to the rule, why not just adjust the minimum drinking age so that the law will be uniform across states and more realistic and faithful to what is actually going on in our society?  This is what the drinking age controversy is all about.

The issue regarding the minimum drinking age is controversial indeed.  It has a history that dates back to time immemorial when man first discovered alcohol and what it could do to the body.  At first, there were no prohibitions, then the government felt the need to regulate alcohol across all the states, only to give back the discretion to the states regarding alcohol use, and then finally setting the age limit for purchasing and consuming alcoholic beverages at the age of 21.  Society puts much significance on a person’s age as it can give us an approximation of what an individual is capable and not yet sufficiently able to do at that particular stage in life.

At the tender ages between 18 or 21, some believe that the decision to make the right choices involving alcohol consumption can be maximized.  What is really needed here is the full support of families, communities, media, business sectors, and nation in ensuring that we regulate the use of alcohol to all individuals by helping them to be prepared and providing them the necessary information and support system that they need to address alcohol-related issues and alleviate its adverse consequences to the person and the society.