Lowering Drinking Age To 18 Speech

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April 21, 2011 Lower Drinking Age To 18 When you turn 18 that means you’re an adult but then why aren’t you able to drink alcohol until you’re 21? (Attention Getter) Growing up in our generation, teen drinking has become an increasingly large problem. It is the cause of many stories we hear on the news, and the information and risks of teen drinking are now taught many classrooms across the U.S. (Credibility Statement) According to adults over 21, teens are not responsible with drinking. (Relevance Statement) I’m informing you on this topic to know that some teenagers aren’t responsible drinkers and dropping the drinking age to 18 won’t help the irresponsible teen drinkers become anymore responsible. (Thesis) Transition: Drinking law is 21 but yet, those under 21 still find access alcohol.…show more content…
Possible Solution #1 – Groups such as Italians, Greeks, Chinese and Jews, who have few drinking problems, should share some characteristics. 1. Detailed Explanation: Young people learn at home and from their parents and from other adults how to handle alcohol in a responsible manner; there is societal consensus on what constitutes responsible drinking. 2. Evidence it can work/FACT/citations: A teen from Kentucky University said that “Yes, lowering that drinking age would help because it wouldn’t be seen as the forbidden fruit, and it would be less tempting” 3. Drawbacks (cons/negatives): Lowering the drinking age will make alcohol less of a taboo, take away the thrill that many young people get from breaking the law, and make alcohol consumption a more normalized activity done in moderation. B. Possible Solution #2 - Lowering the drinking age in general would be more of a success than the 21-age law. 1. Detailed Explanation: Teens would be responsible when drinking in controlled environments such as restaurants, taverns, pubs, and official school and university

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