Underage Drinking: Rethinking the Solution (Rough Draft)

Throughout history, alcoholism has played a major role in any society and it’s brought its own myriad of negative side effects; especially, underage drinking has been a recurring issue throughout the centuries. As the issue continues to exacerbate throughout the times, parents and teachers alike try to ameliorate the predicament by educating the youth to the horrors of both drinking and underage drinking alike. However, this method of trying to educate people by simply showing the end result is not nearly enough to dissuade teenagers to imbibe the toxin. Thus, people have tried new methods to prevent underage drinking; unfortunately the end result seems the same, a plethora of teens going out and drinking. As a result, one may draw the conclusion that these methods of to convince people that alcohol should be consumed at the appropriate age are ineffective. A new method needs to be developed in order to ensure the safety and well-being of future generations.  

Many are already aware of the growing problem, and in fact, many are also victims or know someone who was involved with an accident or death caused by underage drinking. It is one of the major concerns of parents and teachers alike. Often, most adults feel that by simply showing the end result of such things will resolve the matter. Speaking from experience, health teachers often show videos of stories of underage drinking with the result often either being some kind of serious accident or death. However, even with these explicit warnings, people have continued to drink before the appropriate age on countless occasions.

There are many ways to go about new means of solutions. One idea few have delved into is lowering the age for drinking. Several countries, mainly throughout Europe, have a drinking age below the age of 21. This leads many to wonder if introducing such an item at a younger age will encourage teens to be more patient or perhaps allow them to experience it for themselves and determine the risk for themselves. However, this does have its own share have negatives. With this plan implemented, the risk for your diagnosis of alcoholism/ being alcoholic greatly increases.

Another possible solution to this dilemma is simply to keep the age for drinking the same but rather introduce alcohol in a controlled fashion or somehow give the curious few the sensation of being inebriated. Although this sounds like a rather odd proposition, only positive results can occur. It doesn’t take a scientist to know that people will not do what they do not like, simple as that. So rather than waiting for teenagers to get into trouble or an accident with underage drinking, why not simply induce the sensation? Although as it stands, such a measure would be illegal. However, if such things were to be researched and conducted in a controlled environment, it should yield positive results. Theory behind this is, those who would succumb to the substance anyway would surface sooner and could have the matter addressed; furthermore, those who choose not to be a part of underage drinking will not be affected along with those who decide to stay away from alcohol after the controlled test. Simply put, people will be protected because of the parameters set by such testing.

Although most of this proposal is theoretical and based solely on speculation, there have been past precedents to establish such things. One such example would be the lowering of the voting age. It was thought to be a necessity to maintain a level political playing field and to also introduce politics to an audience of a younger age.

There are many ways to dissuade teens from being involved with underage drinking; however, the current methods being implemented haven’t been quite to the level of efficiency they should be at. Thus, it has become a priority to develop a new way for people to stay away from underage drinking.   


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