Reducing Underage Drinking And Drinking Habits Essay

1557 Words Mar 10th, 2016 null Page
Turning eighteen brings not only more responsibility, but more rights as a Missouri resident. Eighteen-year-olds gain many rights that make them not only an active voice in their community, but looked upon as an adult. The one right some eighteen-year-olds believe they are responsible enough for is the right to drink alcohol. According to Richard Bonnie, the author of the article Reducing Underage Drinking : Collective Responsibility, “underage alcohol use is associated with traffic fatalities, violence, unsafe sex, suicide, educational failure and other problem behaviors that diminish the prospects of future success” (675).With the law stating residents must be twenty-one years of age to drink alcohol, many underage teens are trying to hide their drinking habit by drinking alcohol anywhere parents and the police can’t find them, or so they think. Law enforcement officials are having a hard time enforcing the law as underage residents are finding more ways to hide unlawful drinking habits. Missouri should consider lowering the drinking age to eighteen to help better monitor and control teen drinking habits while also teaching them how to be responsible while drinking. Heavy or “binge” drinking is more common among underage drinkers than drinkers over the legal twenty-one age limit. According to the MADD organization “one in six teens binge drinks, yet only one in one hundred parents believe that his or her teen binge drinks” (1). Parents need to play a more active role…

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