Taylor Walton Mrs. Mary Ann Dietiker English 1301, section. H05 November 3, 2012 Drinking Age Since the drinking age was changed from eighteen to twenty one in 1984, there has been much controversy. Many believe that this law is foolish. Many teens get a great rush drinking underage; however, when they turn twenty one, they do not enjoy drinking as much. At age 18, it is possible for one to die for their country, yet they cannot have a beer?
Drinking is held back till 21. This has caused uproar in young adults from coast to coast since its passage in 1984. The United States is the only country on the planet with such legislation that prohibits alcohol to legal adults. Why did the drinking age get to 21? It is thought by prohibiting adults between the ages of 18 and 21 to drink we are saving lives in auto collisions by shielding some 5’000 Americans’ from alcohol.
Teenagers are reckless and we must do everything reasonable to prevent deaths. Raising the driving age will cut the number of accidents on the roads. Teenage drivers are much more likely to have accidents than older drivers. In the USA there were over 30 000 deaths in crashes involving 15-17 year old drivers between 1995 and 2004 (Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, RMIIA). Raising the driving age by a year or two will greatly reduce these accidents and deaths.
There have been approximately 11000 proposed amendments to the US constitution but only 27 have been passed with the first 10 being collectively known as the Bill of Rights. The success rate of amendments since the constitution was first set up has been less than 1%. One reason why most proposed amendments fail to pass is due to the Founding Fathers when the Constitution was first drawn up. The founders wanted the bar set high because they believed that most issues should be left to the ordinary political process. A constitutional amendment takes an issue away from the normal process of democracy.
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First he talks about the drinking rates in Europe and the United States and then says, “British 15 and 16-year olds were more than twice as likely as Americans to binge drink (50 percent vs. 24 percent) and to have been intoxicated within the past 30 days (48 percent vs. 21 percent).” Another statistic he uses is, “...The World Health Organization found that American 15-year olds were less likely than those in 18 other nations to have been intoxicated twice or more. British girls and boys were far likelier that their U.S. counterparts to have been drunk that often (52 and 51 percent vs. 28 and 34 percent).” This information makes for a pretty convincing argument and appeals to our ethos. Califano then appeals to our pathos as he goes on to talk about the consequences of teen drinking. One fact he presents is, “…The American Medical Association found that teen drinking-not bingeing, just drinking-can seriously damage growth processes of the brain and that such damage ‘can be long term and irreversible.’” He then goes on to say, “Alcohol is a major contributing factor in the three leading causes of teen death-accidents, homicide, and suicide- and increases the chances of juvenile delinquency and crime.” Using such concrete facts to support his statement is a very effective way to persuade and connect with the audience. This could even persuade a teen that may believe the drinking age should be lowered as well.
Article Rebuttal Doug Edwards BCOM/275 8/9/2014 Linda Vallejo - Instructor Thirty years ago this week, Congress passed a bill that effectively rose the national drinking age to 21. Despite subsequent efforts to lower it in some states -- and the fact that most developed countries allow young people to legally drink at 18 -- that threshold has remained firmly in place ever since. Proponents of the higher drinking age says it reduces traffic fatalities and alcohol-related accidents while keeping booze out of the hands of teens, whose brains are still developing. But as the U.S. marks Thursday's anniversary of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, Heath and some other scholars still
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 set the drinking age to twenty-one, and has been in controversy ever since its inception. The main argument presented by supporters of this act was that raising the drinking age would greatly reduce the number of alcohol related car accidents each year, especially in the age range of eighteen to twenty. Since the drinking age has been raised to twenty-one the rate of alcohol involvement in car accidents has fallen slightly at about four percent in this age group. The number of alcohol related car accidents has, however, risen about the same amount in the twenty-one to twenty-four year old age range. Clearly the enactment of this new age limit has not been too effective.
Did you know that 27 people in America die each day due to drunk driving fatalities and another 15 due to fatalities linked to distracted driving? According to Johnston and Wiggins, 2012 Every year there are thousands of fatal car crashes due to distracted drivers. Distracted driving is not only caused from texting & drinking, but from other distractions as well. These distractions include eating, music, children or other passengers in the car, & even putting on makeup or fixing their hair. There are many laws out there that ban texting and drinking while driving to keep people from harm’s way but there are so few people who actually obey the laws.