Jeremy M. Stevens
Dr, Patricia Ross
17 July 2014
Should We Change Our Drinking Age?
Should the United States lower its drinking age to eighteen? Should it remain twenty one? Should it be raised to a higher age? America needs to lower the drinking age to eighteen. With proper education and awareness there would be no problem for our young adults. There would be less problems due to the fact they can legally buy alcohol and drink it. An eighteen year old can serve and die for his country, but cannot enjoy a cold beer on the weekend. This makes no sense.
Throughout history of the United States there has been a debate on the legal drinking age for alcohol. There has been numerous legal ages throughout the last four decades due to circumstances in America. “Many states lowered the minimum legal drinking age along with reducing the minimum age to vote during the Vietnam War” (Wechsler, Toben 989). In the early 1980s many states had begun to raise their legal drinking age back up to twenty one. Finally in 1984 the United States enacted the “National Minimum Drinking Age Act” which made the national drinking age twenty one.
America allows its young adults of the age of eighteen to vote for whom they want to lead their country. This is a big responsibility. They are also allowed to join the military, train, and be shipped off to faraway lands to fight their nation’s battles. We are asking quite a bit of our young adults putting them into harm’s way and asking them to make life altering decisions. They are seen fit to make the calls with their life, so why can they not consume alcohol legally. If we lower the age of drinking to eighteen, there is reason to believe that there will be less issues and problems with this age group and alcohol. Anyone who is under the age of twenty one feels like alcohol is the forbidden fruit. They can’t have it so they want it. They will consume as much as they can due to the fact that they may not...
Cited: Carpenter, Christopher, and Carlos Dobkin. "The Minimum Legal Drinking Age and Public Health." Journal Of Economic Perspectives 25.2 (2011): 133-156. Business Source Complete. Web. 13 July 2014.
This paper discusses why the drinking age should remain twenty one and the hazards of underage drinking physically and mentally.
Cary, Mary Kate. "Time To Lower The Drinking Age." U.S. News Digital Weekly 6.18 (2014): 15. Business Source Complete. Web. 17 July 2014.
This was an informal paper that discussed the positives of the drinking age being lowered. It also discussed the current situations that lowering the age would alleviate.
Dejong, William, and Jason Blanchette. "Case Closed: Research Evidence On The Positive Public Health Impact Of The Age 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age In The United States." Journal Of Studies On Alcohol & Drugs (2014): 108-115. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 July 2014.
In this paper, they discuss the possible health risks of drinking alcohol at an early age. How alcoholism can affect you physically and mentally.
Saylor, Drew K. "Heavy Drinking On College Campuses: No Reason To Change Minimum Legal Drinking Age Of 21." Journal Of American College Health 59.4 (2011): 330-333. SPORTDiscus with Full Text. Web. 16 July 2014.
In this paper it discussed a study of college students drinking and their grades. It discussed the reduction of DUIs and injuries with laws being enforced.
Wechsler, Henry, and Toben F. Nelson. "Will Increasing Alcohol Availability By Lowering The Minimum Legal Drinking Age Decrease Drinking And Related Consequences Among Youths?." American Journal Of Public Health 100.6 (2010): 986-992. Business Source Complete. Web. 16 July 2014.
This paper discussed a lot of great information about the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. It discussed many problems seen with underage drinking.
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