Although there are countless studies of how alcohol has many harmful effects on teenagers, there is a great deal of negative criticism about what if the drinking age is lowered.
Background: Early diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure (BP) and cholesterol is important to reduce cardiovascular risk. We compared BP and LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) as well as the quality of treatment between obese subjects and normal weight and overweight individuals.
Methods: 87,648 participants of the Lifelines study were categorised according to obesity (normal weight/ overweight/obesity) and age. Mean systolic BP and LDL-C were calculated depending on treatment, BMI, age and sex.
Results: In all age groups, except those aged 70-80 years, women had a significantly lower BP than men. Use of BP-lowering medication did not result in BP levels comparable with non-users, except in those aged 70-80 years. Despite medication, the BP was insufficiently controlled in 20-50% of participants. BP was significantly higher in obese vs. normal weight and overweight individuals of all ages, but most apparently in men younger than 50 years. Mean LDL-C varied between 2.5- .0 mmol/l. Despite higher statin use, obese participants had a higher LDL-C than those with a normal weight. Statins abolished the age-dependent LDL-C increase. Many participants did not achieve target LDL-C
Conclusion: Obese individuals, especially men younger than 50, have a higher BP and LDL-C compared with those with overweight and a normal weight. Use of BP-lowering drugs did not revert the BP back to levels normal for the specific age and BMI group, whereas statins abolished the age-related increase in LDL-C. These data suggest that more attention is needed for active screening and treatment of cardiovascular risk factors.
There are many reasons why the government changed the legal drinking age to 21, but has this actually caused a decrease in the amount of alcohol consumed by persons between 18 and 21.
When it comes to the discussion over lowering the legal drinking age to eighteen, people express various different ideas and beliefs concerning the issue.
Despite the age of 21 in the United States, several states have exemptions that allow for alcohol consumption for those under 21. A majority of states allow for private consumption of alcohol. About a dozen states even allow for alcohol consumption for educational purposes! This all has people thinking – would lowering the drinking age be of any benefit to society?
With the current legal drinking age in America standing at 21, meaning that people under the age of 21 cannot purchase or consume alcoholic food or beverages, there is the question of whether or not to lower it to 18 or 19 years old....
Despite the fact that both sides showcase decent evidence, only one brings hard-hitting facts that truly make a difference: the legal drinking age should not be lowered because it helps prevents youths from driving drunk, it helps prevent youths from committing violent crimes, and it helps prevent incomplete develop of the brain....
Although adults at 21 years old can drink, lowering the legal drinking age to 18 is not necessarily beneficial not only to our society but because there happens to be much rebellion and a vast majority of young adults in America are addicted to alcohol.
If we look at Canadian statistics where the minimum drinking age is 18 or 19, we see that the impaired driving rate has also steadily declined from the mid-1980s through to 2006 mostly due to new legislation and better public awareness of the impact of impaired driving....
Where many of our friends in Europe are happily drinking away at 18, many here in America are left wondering why we don’t employ the same age requirement....
1. It could reduce or even eliminate unsafe drinking activities.
One of the most dangerous times for drinking in the United States is between the age of 18 – 20. At the age of 18, people gain all of their legal adult rights… except the right to drink. By allowing even a supervised drinking ability for those in this age bracket, it could reduce or eliminate risky drinking behaviors that can lead to bad decisions.
2. There are fewer drunk driving accidents in countries with lower drinking ages.
In many countries around the world, the legal drinking age is already 18. In these countries, they have seen a greater reduction of drunken driving accidents than the United States, where the legal age is 21.
3. Lowering the drinking age would eliminate thrill drinking.
In the critical 18 – 20 age bracket, there are often binge drinking episodes simply because it is a thrill to break the law. Eliminate the thrill by lowering the drinking age and the taboo will be gone as well, encouraging normal alcohol consumption in the critical age bracket.
1. Younger brains are more susceptible to alcohol consumption.
By lowering the drinking age, it would be putting a societal stamp of approval on the damage that alcohol can cause in the developing brain. Emotional development, organization, and planning can all be affected by early and regular alcohol consumption. Though it’s true that kids will still likely drink, that doesn’t mean society needs to approve of that decision.