Healthy Living WK09

Week nine in healthy living is all about alcohol and tobacco and this weeks discussion board question was, What do you think the “legal” drinking age should be?

Why? What community problems would arise by lowering drinking age? What is one health problem associated with alcohol or tobacco….Explain!

I think the “legal” drinking age should be the age of majority, which in most states is 18. My reasoning is simple, if you are an adult in the eyes of the state you should have full and free access to all the benefits of being an adult. If as a society we agree on the age at which an individual is considered an adult, then we need to respect that adult’s decision to decide if they will drink. This might result in some bad decision making, by 18-20-year old’s (but these are the same problems we have with 21-25-year old’s already) and these young people are already drinking. But as we already punish them as adults, we should allow them to make decisions as adults. This comes back to parents raising their children to be responsible adults.

One of the health problems associated with alcohol that I am intimately familiar with is its interaction with gout. Gout is a form of acute arthritis. It is, in my experience, primarily a dietary issue, as I seem to be able to regulate it effectively through watching my diet. Alcohol is a big cause of gout flare ups and men who drink beer are twice as likely as those who don’t to develop gout.