From food to politics and independent travelling, today’s young minds are growing in all possible directions. The current generation has been witnessing so many exposures and experiences in the early years of their lives that by the time they graduate, they mostly know it all. However, there still have been numerous debates on legal ages and the increasing number of illegal activities, even though what we believe in, if it’s fun, it’s no more illegal, right?
Although, when it comes to alcohol, it’s a very small section of the legal/illegal systems. Personally, I’ve never understood the logic behind not lowering the legal age for consuming alcohol to 18 when other so called “adult” activities can be practiced at the same age. In India, different states have set different minimum ages for consuming alcohol. But if we give it some pondering, we’ll come across many logical reasons as to why 18 should be the legal age.
So they are trying to tell me that you are allowed to be licensed to drive a motor vehicle with gear, which indirectly means, you are automatically expected to know the traffic rules, follow the proper directions and nonetheless, responsible for being charged in case of any violation. But babies, you are not allowed to decide what can you drink and what can you not? Really boi?
Right to vote
Now guys and girls, you have the power to cast your vote and decide who do you want to see as the future leader of the nation, consequently, you are expected to know all about the ruling/opposition parties, and also accordingly decide for the candidates who you want to support. But sweeties, you don’t have the right to choose your drinks, even if you can choose political leaders, but drinks? NOPE!
Even if we consider the well being of our livers and consider the thoughts of aunties/uncles which circle around “Tum abhi bhi bache ho and your body is still growing”, don’t you think, sex for these kids is also quiet unhealthy? Keeping in mind their growing bodies, developing hormones and since they are kids, lack of knowledge about protection and STDs. However, the legal age for having sex in India is 18. Lol.
Most teenagers get the option to choose their colleges at the age of 18, which means they are expected to know what they want to become in future and if not that, they perhaps know which area of practice they want to circle around. So guess what? You are mature enough to decide your career but again, not enough to decide your drinks.
Joining the army
If an 18 year-old can serve in the military and take a bullet for the country, they should have every right to purchase alcohol. I think so, maybe.
What psychology says
Young minds tend to see anything that is illegal as the forbidden fruit for them. Eventually this curiosity leads to even more alcohol related problems among teens as the consumption increases. The fact that they don’t know when they will be able to drink again is the reason most college students tend to get overly drunk whenever they get a chance.
An 18 year old is considered an adult and can be tried in court if he makes false judgement and commits a crime. So an 18 year old is capable of making every other decision as an adult but is incapable of making a decision whether or not they should drink? Sounds hypocritical to me.
Legal marrying age
So boys you can marry at 21 and girls, you are already a wife at 18 but sadly, you cannot drink on your wedding divas. And for the guys, 5% of you might be able to though. Cheers!
By this time, even I am confused as to whether 18 year-olds are 100% adults or not. Because by most of the laws, they definitely are. Logically also, they are mature enough, but it all comes to a contrast because they are allowed to do everything else and call themselves an adult and they don’t want to be stopped from being an adult when it comes to drinking.
According to a study, 22% of all students under 21 compared to 18% over 21 years of age are heavy drinkers. Among drinkers only, 32% of under age compared to 24% of legal age are heavy drinkers. Lol again.
My point being, I understand alcohol is bad for health and excessive alcohol can lead to severe accidents for the youth, but if someone of the same age is being allowed to practice other adult activities and treated as a fully grown citizen of the nation, he/she should be able considered mature enough to decide whether he/she should drink or not.