Drinking Age Enforcement

Research predicts that only two out of every 1,000 occasions of alcohol use by individuals younger than 21 result in arrest. Even with a five-fold increase in spending, enforcement officials would only raise the chances of catching underage drinkers 1% of the time.

5 Responses to “Drinking Age Enforcement”

  1. John Says:

    Thank you so much for what you do. I’m 20 and a college student and most of my friends are 21. It is PAINFUL to see them all go out Friday and Saturday nights without me.

    I believe that one of the main problems behind this is the fact that when people turn 21, they are not concerned with the issue enough to do anything about it. The 18-20 crowd is too small by itself to change anything without the support of people 21+.

    I also believe that if anything is to change, underage (but still legal teenagers) should do something about it. As much as it hurts to say, maybe not voting would be a good start. If the government is going to take away something we deserve, we should take away something they deserve. I will not vote until the day I turn 21 and i believe that everyone should support this idea if we truly want anything to change.

    OR here’s another idea: People should not be allowed to drink unless they have graduated high school. This will almost guarantee an increase in the national high school graduation rate. And furthermore, since graduating high school is a “responsible” thing for someone to accomplish, they should at this point be “responsible” enough to drink alcohol.

    These laws make me sick and the government has its hands around the states necks with the threat of suspended funding. I am pulling my hair out every day just waiting to turn 21 but watching my life pass me by as my friends go out without me.

  2. Edwin Says:

    Arresting an adult for drinking alcohol is nonsense. The U.S. House of Representatives member that represents my district is against the idea of lowering the drinking age, so he is wrong the issue. The drinking age must be lowered to 18, the age of majority, and not 21 which is again nonsense. 21, it doesn’t go by tens and what is the extra year supposed to represent? Nothing. Drinking age enforcement is futile as a result of the agesit National Minimum Age Drinking Act.

  3. Corey Says:

    If we keep enforcing the drinking age, america might become a strapt for cash police state. During prohibition, financial problems with enforcement was one of the reasons Prohibition was repealed. 21 coalition is just as stubborn as the Ku Klux Klan because both of them didn’t/don’t want prohibition repealed. If someone has a drinking problem or has alcohol problems they should be caught and treated for their problem. America didnt ecome a country of alcoholics in the mid 1930’s after repeal and we certainly won’t have more fatalities and alcohol problems if we just repeal prohibition and follow European traditions of alcohol, early and supervised introduction to alcohol. first time unsupervised drinking isnt good fo anyone at any age! Note: Please dont raise the driving age and please go after the most dangerous drivers!

  4. Michael Says:

    To John:

    People have died for our right to vote (at 18 no less). I’m afraid choosing to not vote is the exact opposite of what needs to happen. If the people who oppose this act go silent there will literally be no opposition to it. We need to be as respectfully vocal as possible. Our representatives need to see that their constitutents disagree with the current status quo.

    We must also not forget that lowering the drinking age among other things could actually help fight the current binge drinking culture. It goes far beyond joining the guys on a Friday night, although I do agree it does infantilize our young adults and put them in more dangerous drinking environments.

    In regards to the posted article, I believe it speaks for itself.

  5. Tyler Says:

    Under aged drinking can easily be prevented by changing the drinking age to 18. If I can vote for my country at age of 18, if I can go across the seas and fight for my country at age 18 than I should be given the right to have a drink at the age of 18. The only reason why bad instances accure for under aged drinkers is because it is their first time drinking and they should have some knowledge about drinking from their parents. The fact that drinking at age 18 is eligal just creates all the more reason for something to go wrong. If something goes wrong it is not peer pressure, other teens, or even lack of law enforcement to blame but parents for not teaching their kids about drinking. If you have a kid and you want to talk to him or her about drinking dont try and scare them and put more pressure on them.