Whether you care or not, here are my thoughts on the drinking age. As everyone knows, in the United States the legal drinking age is 21, and in the United Kingdom it’s 18.
I’m not gonna lie, I have very little experience with underage drinking. I was not into it. But from what I’ve heard, people go hard. House parties, frat/sorority parties, raging on the weekends, etc. However, in the UK, people go out on the weekends to clubs, but they know what to order, they know how much they shouldn’t have, and bottom line, they have experience.
I was having a conversation about it with a friend the other day and her argument was, why could you drive, marry, gamble, and vote for the future of your country, before you can legally consume a drink?
She has a point.
Most of the arguments against the drinking age being 18 is that it would disrupt your education and you would spend all of your time partying. But here’s the thing…from new experience, that’s not how it works.
The difference is, people here have early experiences with alcohol.They legally allowed to drink at the age of 18, so that means some people are still living at home, or just leaving home, when they start. This gives them a chance to find out their limits, drink socially with their parents, and know what alcohol to buy and avoid. The fact that they can drink makes it less of a big deal. It’s something that they do, but not something that they revolve around.
In the US, since people can’t do it, it turns into a big deal. People binge drink, people drink things that they shouldn’t drink, some people get their stomachs pumped or even die of alcohol poisoning. Don’t get me wrong, people in the US are educated about alcohol, but they don’t have time to test it out, or very much (or good for that matter) experience with it.
What I’ve mentioned doesn’t apply to everyone of course, but I think it’s a good outline of the differences. If you agree with me, great, if you don’t, great. I may be completely wrong with everything I’ve just said, this is just what I’ve learned from being at uni so far.