Should the Government Lower the Drinking Age to 18

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American Government 14 October 2011 Table of Contents 1 - Introduction 2 - Influence of environment on Alcohol consumption by minors 3 - Disadvantages of alcohol 4 - Measuring the alcohol consumption by minors may be helpful 5 - The health risks 6 – Reasons why some adolescents drink 7 – Conclusion 8 – Bibliography 1 – Introduction As we all know, alcohol plays a major role in the lives of many people who take it to relax, to celebrate, to socialize, have fun, etc. Unfortunately, the excessive use of alcohol is also responsible for many problems such as traffic accidents, health problems, family problems and unemployment. Many Americans believe that should lower the drinking at 18 years old, for many reasons mentioned below. This law of the United States was created to keep teenagers safer and reduce the accidents that cause deaths due to the influence of alcohol. The age limit for alcohol is based on research showing that young people respond differently to alcohol. Teenagers get drunk twice as fast as adults, but have more difficulty knowing when to stop. Adolescents exaggerate and compulsive more often than adults. Alcohol is the drug of choice among youth. Many young people are experiencing the consequences of drinking too much, at too early an age. As a result, underage drinking is a leading public health problem in this country. Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drowning. (1) 2 – Influence of Environment on Alcohol Consumption by Minors The consumption of alcohol by minors occurs in an environment saturated by advertising of alcoholic beverages on television, in billboards, at sporting events and

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