Essay On Lowering The Drinking Age

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Lowering the Drinking Age Alcohol has been around for centuries, from sporting events, bars, and restaurants to absolutely everywhere. People enjoy the beverage and often cannot wait until their twenty-first birthday to legally drink, but what made the U.S. decide that the age twenty-one is the right age. I believe that this age is too high to be the minimum age to be able to legally drink and others feel that it is the perfect age. When people turn eighteen they receive the rights and responsibilities of an adult which allows them to vote, smoke cigarettes, serve on juries, and join the military. This topic is very controversial and has been debated for years. BETTER THESIS Having the drinking age set to twenty-one might not be a good idea. The United States drinking age has gone up and down, and in 1984. It all began when the United States banned alcohol in every state for all people regardless of age. The National Prohibition Act, also known as the Volstead Act, started in 1919 and ended in 1933. When the Prohibition came about, the Constitution added the 18th amendment which states that “After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.” However this amendment was appealed in 1933 by the 21st amendment, which legalized beer and other alcohol beverages. Once the prohibition ended, the states could set the age they wanted and created drinking laws which varied from eighteen to twenty. This only lasted a few years. Lobbying groups, most notably Mothers Against Drunk Driving (... ... middle of paper ... quickly than adults and adults do not become drunk as often as those under the legal age. Also facts show that how many lives have been saved and how many less accidents have occurred. On the flip side there are people who are for in lowering the drinking age to eighteen. People will not get much thrill about drinking if they are used to being able to do it. Eventually, drinking alcohol will start to get more normal meaning that it will not feel as important as it did before. It all depends on how responsible that person truly is. Anyone over or under the drinking age can drink too much which can get themselves hurt. Consider the fact that people who are underage and that drinking goes on and goes on unsupervised. If the drinking age were lowered; those who are not supervised can be taught to drink alcohol responsibly and prevent any danger that may occur.
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