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Alcohol one of the main problems in the state of America, because of the different in cultures and religions, so there is a conflict of supporters and dissenting in the law system. However, in some religions such as the Islam, it is illegal because from what become from alcohol from negatives results towered the clean community. For example, the deadly accidents for the person himself or to others. Another example, the social problems between the families and their neighbors. So, there is a certain age to mitigate these problems and increase the responsibility. The legal drinking age should be lowered to about 18 or 19 and young adults allowed to drink in controlled environments such as restaurants, taverns, pubs and official school and university functions. In these situations, responsible drinking could be taught through role modeling and educational programs. Mature and sensible drinking behavior would be expected. This opinion is based upon research that I have been involved in for over twenty years concerning college age youth and the history of drinking in the United States and other cultures.
Although the legal purchase age is 21 years of age, a majority of college students under this age consume alcohol but in an irresponsible manner. This is because drinking by these youth is seen as an enticing "forbidden fruit," a "badge of rebellion against authority" and a symbol of "adulthood." As a nation we have tried prohibition legislation twice in the past for controlling irresponsible drinking problems. This was during National Prohibition in the 1920s and state prohibition during the 1850s. These laws were finally repealed because they were unenforceable and because the backlash towards them caused other social problems. Today we are repeating history and making the same mistakes that occurred in the past. Prohibition did not work then and prohibition for young people under the age of 21 is not working now.
The flaunting of the current laws is readily seen among university students. Those under the age of 21 are more likely to be heavy -- sometimes called "binge" -- drinkers (consuming over 5 drinks at least once a week). For example, 22% of all students under 21 compared to 18% over 21 years of age are heavy drinkers. Among drinkers only, 32% of underage compared to 24% of legal age are heavy drinkers.
Alcohol one of the main problems in the state of America, because of the different in cultures and religions, so there is a conflict of supporters and dissenting in the law system. However, in some religions such as the Islam, it is illegal because from what become from alcohol from negatives results towered the clean community.