Honors English III
Sep 17th, 2012
The Age Shall Stay
According to The National Institute of Health approximately 5,000 teenagers and young adults under the age of 21 die each year to alcohol related causes. Since they put a legal age on drinking in 1964, estimates of 7,000 to 10,000 lives have been saved each year. Yet many people still insist that it should be lowered. People that favor the side of lowering the age use no logical facts in their argument besides the revenue it would produce, but can you really put a price on thousands of young lives? I have been a firsthand witness to teenagers drinking and have heard my share of stories. HA. One thing that is common in all of these stories is someone doing something stupid and illogical. For instance, engaging in unremembered sexual activities, guys getting into fights, and other activities along the lines. All of these reasons, and the many more I’m going to include, are all going to show you why individuals under the age of 21 should not be allowed to drink. The problem with teenage drinking is not only the deaths, but the effect it has on the youth. Based on recent studies NPR shared that the neural insulation of the human brain isn’t completed until their middle 20’s. Many people argue that the drinking age should be lowered because the legal age to vote and sign up to fight for our country is 18. Some even say the benefits to our economy are a great reason to lower the drinking age. I believe these positives do not outweigh the negatives. You can’t put a price on human life and development. Just because people give you one somewhat logical reason on why the drinking age should be lowered make sure to do your research because over 90% of the statistics will show you why leaving it at 21 is the best option. The solution of this issue is to support the act of keeping the drinking age. Here are some ways to support the drinking age. Vote for any political official who supports...
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