Exemplification Essay: Lowering The Drinking Age

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Lowering the Drinking age In today’s world teenagers have built up a rebellious tendency, they always want to do things they are told not to do. The same comes with alcohol; laws that were created to avoid reckless driving and take the death rate in traffic accidents down have made drinking a bigger problem. For example in anarticle by Melissa Giamo a chief of police from Boulder Colorado named Mark Beckner is interviewed about this topic and makes some of the same points. He says “We're not in a situation where we can stop it. The best we can do is try to contain it.”(Giamo 1) Giamo then asks Beckner if they enforce it and Beckner replies "Well, we do enforce it, but what we're seeing is it's not being effective."(Giamo…show more content…
There is no doubt that citizen under the age of 21 drinks repetitively and consistently. Unfortunately, they are being stranded when they are in the middle of nowhere. When they are drinking at an unfamiliar place, with unfamiliar people, with the pressure of getting home without getting "caught", and atrocities become imminent (Ford 1). If we lowered the drinking age teenagers would not have to sneak around and force themselves to drive under the influence just to make it home or where they need to be without getting caught. Furthermore the government could focus on other things that are more of a threat, such as drug trafficking, murders, and ect. With cops being able to lower their alert on drunk driving, more time will open up for things that are threatening society today. In fact according to the whitehousedrugpolicy.com approximately 32% of inmates were arrested while under the influence of drugs compared to an 18% of inmates whom were drunk. Most people would argue that people would still drive under the influence even if the age was lowered. This is definitely a possibility, but the percentage of street crimes drug related would still drop way down making the streets of your home town or others a lot safer for children and even

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