All students over 18 have right to drink
In the U.S., a person is legally considered an adult at age 18, when they are granted the right to vote, smoke tobacco and enlist in the armed forces, among other things. However, Americans do not truly become adults until age 21, when they are granted their last withheld right—alcohol consumption.
The life of a college student comes with a lot of pressure attached. The importance of maintaining good grades, getting involved in school events and remaining socially active is stressful. Alcohol consumption is often an important outlet for students stressing out over the variety of problems they experience during their time in college.
I am not encouraging the use of alcohol as a solution to personal problems—however it is a good way for students to unwind and bond with friends on weekends. Furthermore, if students are old enough to die for this country in the armed forces, they are old enough to have a beer every now and again. If young people are considered responsible enough to go halfway across the world to war, then they should also be considered responsible enough to drink when they want to.
Casual drinking at parties is a normal part of college life and should not be punished. Of course, students should practice safe drinking, but they should not have to abstain completely simply to avoid legal consequences. It is inevitable underage students will consume alcohol while in college—and they have the right to do so. Regardless of the law, students have the right to drink as adults, voters and veterans.
-Robert Nunez is a mass communication senior
Drinking underage leads to severe consequences
Underage drinking is a growing problem at Texas State, and students need to realize the potential consequences that can result from illegal alcohol consumption.
Underage drinking is a bad idea in many different ways. First, students who get drunk regularly may have a hard time showing up to their classes and lose track of their studies. This can lead to poor academic performance. It costs a ridiculous amount of money to attend a university and earn an education—students should not risk their chance at a degree by engaging in underage drinking.
Furthermore, alcohol consumption can result in severe consequences such as car crashes, fights, unsafe sex and rape. All of these issues have the possibility to end or ruin lives, and all arise from alcohol.
Texas State in particular experiences underage drinking issues at tailgating festivities. The rules are simple—students must be 21 years or older to legally consume alcohol. Many Bobcats, however, choose to willfully ignore this rule. Underage students need to realize the possible consequences they could face if they are caught drinking, especially at school tailgating events. Not only can students be embarrassed in front of their friends and refused entry to the game, they can be fined a hefty sum or even taken to jail. Students can face academic penalties ranging from academic probation, suspension or even expulsion depending on the severity of the infraction.
In the long run, underage drinking is just not worth it. Bobcats should wait until they turn 21 to start partying, and even then should always be responsible with alcohol consumption.
-Molly Block is a mass communication senior