Alcohol Consu[Tion

Age and Alcohol Consumption
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      Alcohol, on one hand, is Intoxicating liquor containing alcoholic ingredients which affects one physiological characteristic, usually consumed to relieve stress, gain social status and serves as a relaxation mechanism of the body. While the legal drinking age refers to the age at which beverage alcohol is allowed by the law or other customary teachings be consumed. Its a societal construct and frame of reference that stipulates who consumes alcohol at what age and who does not.
      There has been a lot of debate when it comes to the legal drinking age. When it comes to law, there is always an opinion, some are for it and some are against. Legal drinking age varies by country. In most cases legal drinking age is between 18 to 21 years of age depending on national legal frameworks which are subject to amendments and therefore change. The problem of identifying the optimum minimum drinking age to reduce alcohol abuse is a serious one. It involves issues of freedom, responsibility, parental rights, religion, politics and many other realms of life (Hughes, 2002).
      Many scholars argue that alcohol consumption limit is necessary in order to stop alcohol abuse society disorders intellectual protection and underperforming citizens. The minimum drinking age set between 18 and 21 in many countries appears to be not only ineffective but actually counter-productive. It’s always argued that moral and ethical considerations can bridge gaps left by national framework, alcohol age limit seems to be more of a personal decision that cannot be eliminated by national laws but reduced (Hanson, 2006). This seems to be a parental role which should be exercised in the early socialization ages of the youth. Similarly schools, opinion makers as well as the mass media should act as responsible socializing agents in order to protect young children from alcoholic abuses.