Favors for and Against Lowering the Legal Drinking Age

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Factors In Favor of and Against

Khimley Young

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving/ Hum 200 AOS

Instructor Dr. Steven Mathews

October 24, 2012

Lowering the Legal Drinking Age to 18: Yea or Nay

Argument in Favor of Lowering the Legal Drinking Age
The age of 18 is a transitional point in life. An 18-year=old can vote, marry, enlist in the military and buy cigarettes. To some it’s absurd that an 18-year-old can vote politicians into office and fight wars for the country but cannot legally buy and consume alcohol. Strong (It tells you everything that an 18-year-old can do)

Like it or not alcohol is part of the fabric of American Culture. People drink at parties, weddings work functions and any other events. And medical research suggests that moderate drinking of alcohol can reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes and possibly diabetes. Strong (This statement can be true people do drink at events)

Prohibiting the use of alcohol under the age 21 serves to drive underage drinking into uncontrolled environments, where binge drinking is very likely and the activity itself is seen as edge or risky. Lowering the drinking age to 18 could remove the thrill of drinking outside the law. Weak (it could be true if they hadn’t put in the thrill of drinking outside the law)

The reality is that young people are going to drink alcohol regardless of the legal age limit. Allowing them to drink in controlled social settings with older adults would provide them with role models for moderate social drinking. Strong (It just might work)

And making alcohol less of a ”big deal” while promoting moderate drinking, DWI arrests and accidents related to drunk driving might decrease. Strong (If left alone young people might not want to drink if they have easy access to it)

Argument Against Lowering the Legal Drinking Age

According to the World Health Organization 2.5 million people worldwide died from alcohol abuse each year. Of those, 320.000 are between...
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