Posts Tagged ‘Fallacies’

Most Americans know that the legal drinking age in this country is 21. But did we get that right? Spoiler alert: I don’t think so.  Many of the arguments of keeping the age at 21 or higher revolve around safety because at that age you magically become immune to all the negative affects of alcohol. Right? No. Oh. Well then I guess they think it’s safer (feel free to explain the logic because I don’t see it).

Anyways, let’s assume it does make it safer.  This indicates that we feel 18 is too young an age for someone to be put in a dangerous environment making important decisions like, oh I don’t know, being in a war.  Wait 18 year olds can do that? Okay, I meant have their health put at risk by things that can permanently affect your health like, oh I don’t know, cigarettes. They can do that too??? Shit. I’m beginning to see a trend.

Okay, but the law at least works since we have it right? No one under the age ever drinks!! What’s that? People under the age of 21 do? Oh, but I bet that’s only a few of them. Oh wait, the CDC said that at least 39% of minors drank some amount of alcohol? I say at least because that’s only the people who admitted it.  Its effectiveness is similar to a mother leaving something out that the child might not even notice and saying “Okay, don’t touch that.”  It spikes the child’s interest and makes them more likely to go touch that.

Lastly, I would contend that this law endangers minors.  Put yourself in college. You’re 19.  Your friend is 20 and has had way too much to drink. His life is in danger but there’s alcohol in your room and and on your breath.  We are forcing these minors who aren’t supposed to be capable of making these difficult decisions to choose between jail or their friend dying. If they call 911, they’re probably getting arrested and thrown out of college.  If they don’t call, then their friend might die.  Sadly, the death option usually wins out.

In review, people are defending a law that doesn’t work, has many logical fallacies, and still endangers lives.