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Drinking at 18

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Why can’t 18 year olds drink but he can die for his country. In the United States of America this topic has been brought up many times almost daily for teens. They are right to do so too having that the people who put this law into action where able to do so freely. Teens of today’s time do not agree with this law and break it like it is non-existent, consuming a drink of alcohol almost once a day. Parents also agree that this law is useless and allow their under-aged teens to go out when they know what will happen at the party. So why is this law enforced by the law but not in the world? What will it take to get the government to understand that teens don’t care about this law on drinking? Onto the history of teen drinking. Drunk driving casualties is one of the factors that caused people to question the age of which someone is allowed to drink. Casualty caused by druk driving of the last 40 years. In the 70’s states lowered it to 18 due to the lowering of the reduced military enlistment and voting age. The community will say that raising the age of the drinking age to 21 reduced the amount of casualties caused by drunk driving but that is not true. In 1984 the drinking age was changed to 21 by the federal government any state that did not comply would lose 10 percent of their government funding. Along with this the casualties of drunk driving only getting higher as time goes on like in 2011 there were 9,865 and increased to 10,322 in 2012(MADD, 2013). The age greatest to drunk driving is between 21 and 25 covering 25 percent of all drunk driving casualties not 18 or 19 year olds. In fact early in the 1970s before the legal minimum drinking age act the casualties of 18-20 year olds was already decreasing due to tougher prosecuti... ... middle of paper ... ...ks Cited Balko, R. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://reason.com/archives/2007/04/12/back-to-18/1 Cnossen, S. (2005). Theory and practice of excise taxation: Smoking, drinking, gambling, polluting, and driving. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. Hempelman, K. (2000). Teen legal rights. (Revised ed.). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Kindelberger, J. (2007, June 15). Prevents drunken driving among 18-20 year-olds and the rest of the population. Retrieved from http://www.chooseresponsibility.org/prevents_drunken_driving_c/ MADD. (2013, Nov 14). Drunk driving deaths increased in 2012. Retrieved from http://www.madd.org/blog/2013/november/2012-fatality-data.html Rollin, L. (1999). Twentieth-century teen culture by the decades: A reference guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. The Century. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.centurycouncil.org/underage-drinking/statistics
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