Professor Kevin Miller
12 September 2012
The Youth vs. Young Adults: The History of the Alcohol Consumption Laws “Alcohol consumption is the third leading actual cause of death in the United States (Wechsler and Nelson).” Drinking is the leading cause of death in youth and young adults. Research shows that alcohol is a major contributing factor to unintentional injuries, and accounts for an estimated 75,000 or more youth and young adult deaths in the United States annually. This paper will explain the studies found in the effectiveness of the legal drinking age and the case of lowering the drinking age from age twenty-one to eighteen.
Thesis: Research shows that alcohol is a major contributing factor to unintentional injuries, and accounts for an estimated 75,000 or more youth and young adult deaths in the United States annually. A. The minimum drinking age was changed to 21 in 1984 after originally being 18. B. Underage drinking is a major problem among teens in the U.S. Controversy of this topic is still heavily debated. C. Researchers also researched the alcohol related deaths among people under the age of 21and found this,” Motor vehicle fatalities are the number 1 killer of teenagers and other young adults. More than 35 percent of such fatalities involving persons ages 15 to 20 are alcohol related. In 1996, 2,315 youth died in alcohol-related crashes.”
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