ENG 1010T 11/26/2012
WA 4 Rebuttal
Is twenty one beneficial?
Across America the age limit for drinking is 21. The ever growing underage drinking is becoming more and more popular. Binge drinking if not controlled can also cause alcohol addiction. From a religious stand point, drinking is wrong and should not be done. Radley Balko believes the drinking age should be lowered and that there are benefits to it (Kirszner and Mandell 371). There are no benefits to lowering the drinking age despite what Balko may think. In this essay it will be discussed that drinking does not help college students, it increases fatalities in automobile accidents, and parents should be punished for giving alcohol to minors. Balko believe that college students will benefit from an age decrease in alcohol laws, but studies have shown that to be different. According to Regional Prevention Center, the top 5 reasons we should keep the drinking age at 21 are: “saves lives, the brain does not fully develop until at least 21, the longer we delay alcohol use; the better the chance that a person will never have a problem with alcohol, the policy does work; preventing ‘low hanging fruit’, and the department of defense regulations allow members of the active military who are under 21 to consume alcohol in controlled situations” (Burger). Some reasons why college students may choose to drink are: 1) Peer pressure. We want to fit in so we look cool or be accepted. 2) Initiation. College fraternities and sororities have certain ways for a person to join their ‘club’. And 3) stress. Students may feel over whelmed with school work so they look to alcohol as a stress reliever. “Additionally, alcohol has been linked to as many as 2/3rd of college suicides and 95% of student related crimes on campus. Binge drinking is the leading preventable cause of premature death due to its links to automobile accidents. College binge drinking has also led to homicide, sexual abuse,...
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