English Composition II
1 November 2013
Why the Drinking Age should be Lowered in the United States
The United Sates has one of the highest drinking ages in the world. For this reason, many citizens under the legal drinking age of twenty one find this unfair and defy the law. High school and college students ignore the rule and go overboard with excessive drinking.
From 1920 to 1933 alcohol was prohibited in the United States. This occurred when President Woodrow Wilson started a temporary ban on alcohol in 1917 in order to conserve grain during World War I. Congress also submitted the 18th amendment that same year, which prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of liquors. In 1919, the amendment was ratified. This only caused many problems in the United States, as citizens still continued to consume alcohol and party. There were people who still produced, sold, an transported alcohol, known as bootleggers. In addition, the Prohibition era had increased crime rates associated with bootleggers ("Prohibition.").
Before 1984, the drinking age in the United States was lower. Individual states had the power to set their legal drinking ages. However, Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984, which stated, “If you (states) want the federal money you’re entitled to for your roads and transportation systems, then you will raise your minimum drinking age to 21 years old.” At first, a few states refused, but by 1988, Weirtz 2
every state had raised its drinking age to twenty one. This was a way for Congress to try to reduce drunk driving ("Why Is the Legal Drinking Age 21 in the United States?").
A few reasons for teens to drink are: peer pressure, enjoyment, etc. But the main reason for doing so is “breaking the law.” Eighty percent of high school seniors have used alcohol. That means that a large quantity of teens under the age of seventeen to eighteen have used alcohol before. Just the...
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