Prescriptive Arguments Essay

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Assignment 1: Discussion—Prescriptive and Descriptive Arguments Debra Crawford Argosy University Online February 3, 2012 Prescriptive Argument: I believe that we have a problem with underage drinking. I think that young adults have enough to deal with without alcohol. Nearly eight in 10 Americans oppose lowering the drinking age in all states to 18. Even among young adults, age 34 and under, 73 percent oppose allowing 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds to drink alcohol (Cohan J July2005). Therefore that is why the drinking age shouldn’t be lowered to less than 21 years of age. Descriptive Argument: Alcohol is a big problem in the United States of America. In fact; more than 75,000 deaths are attributable to alcohol consumption each year and the economic costs associated with alcohol problems total more than $184 billion annually (US Department of justice2002). While about 43 percent of adult drinkers report heavy drinking on one or more occasions in the past month, 50 percent of 12- to 14-year-old drinkers, 65 percent of 15- to 17-yearold drinkers and 72 percent of 18- to 20-year-old drinkers report heavy drinking in the past month (US Department of Justice 2002).While Americans are bombarded with $4 billion of alcohol marketing each year. Alcohol advertising and product placements are very common and often occur on television and in radio shows for which the majority of the audience is underage, on Internet sites attractive to young people, and on billboards and in retail outlets where young people are frequently present. Advertising often uses youth oriented themes (Us Department Justice2002). Therefore we need to address the issues of alcohol advertisements so that they will not antis our children and draw them into drinking underage. References: Grube, J. Television alcohol
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