2 April 2013
Compromising how to handle Under Aged Drinking
Ruth C. Engs (RE) is a professor of Applied Health Sciences at Indiana University. She has been involved in research for over twenty years concerning college age youth and the history of drinking in the United States and several other cultures. She writes about how more ancient cultures like Italians, Greeks, Chinese and Jews have few drinking related problems due to the fact that children are introduced how to responsible drink at a young age. Engs also has great points about how prohibition didn’t work the first two times America tried it and it still not working. She concludes that our nation should change the current prohibition law and try to teach responsible drinking techniques for everyone who consumes alcohol.
Spokespeople for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) MADD is a large organization whose mission is to stop drunk driving. They write an article “Under aged Drinking and the 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age Law”, They have many great statistics of how changing the age limit to 21 has saved lives. They aren’t a group of mothers that don’t want people to never drink but a organization looking to save lives.
Courtney Carlson (CC) writes for The Californian. In November of 2012, She wrote an article talking about how America needs to modernize like most countries and lower their drinking age. In her article she talks about how South and Centeral America and European countries have the drinking age at 18 or lower are more relaxed when it comes to alcohol. “As alcohol becomes less of a taboo, so does the desire to drink it. Once it’s legal, drinking at a younger age can be done in safer environments.” Carlson believes by lowering the drinking age we will give the right to consume alcohol to responsible young adults, made possible by more education about the topic because “All American adults deserve the right to drink alcohol.”
Nick Mabry (NM) is a freshman completing his first year at Colorado Mesa University. Even though he is under the drinking limit at age 19 he is a responsible drinker even when it comes to parties. The drinking age needs to be lowered to at least 19 or even 18 like most countries. Not doing so is causing more under aged drinking deaths than countries with lower age limits. He will serve as the moderator for the discussion between the four panel members in regard to their opinions on lowering the drinking age. Mabry 2
NM: First off I would like to thank everyone on the panel for joining us this evening. Among us we have a professor, researchers, writers and spokespeople to discuss the current drinking age in the United States. We will start off this discussion by each of you stating what you believe should happen with changing the drinking age.
MADD: More than 25,000 lives have been saved in the U.S thanks to the 21 minimum legal drinking age. If we were to lower the drinking age we would see many young peoples lives cut short because under aged drinkers do not know how to limit themselves yet. The law should stay the same!
CC: How can you think that having younger people drink in secret is a good idea? Would you rather have them drink in an environment where there is supervision and everyone feels comfortable calling for help if something is wrong? Yes there are many teens that cannot control themselves, but there are also just as many or even more adults that cannot control themselves when it comes to binge drinking.
RE: MADD you make a great point about how many lives are saved. However most people whose lives are saved are aware of not drinking and driving. Our country doesn’t offer enough education to younger people, if under aged drinkers were more educated I believe that they would be more responsible when they are drinking.
NM: I can see how keeping the laws the same would save lives, but I also see how lowering them could be for the better and...