The Drinking Age Should Be Legal Essay

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Topic: At what age should drinking alcohol be legal? Focus Question: Would lowering the alcohol drinking age in the United States lower alcohol abuse? Source #1: Prof. David J. Hanson, Ph.D. “Legal Drinking Age”. [Internet] Current History. Unknown. Available: http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/LegalDrinkingAge.html The United States has the highest drinking age in the world. Dr. Ruth Clifford Engs of Indiana University believe that the minimum drinking age of 21 in the United States is too high. Although the drinking age is 21 you can drink legally under many different circumstances. In 1984 the National Minimum Drinking Age Act required all states to raise their minimum purchase and public possession of alcohol age up to 21. For the…show more content…
Based upon the fact that our current prohibition laws are not working, alternative approaches taken from the experience of cultures who do not have these problems need to be tried. In Europe, two different drinking cultures developed in antiquity. In the Mediterranean regions, wine consumption with meals by all members of the culture evolved, along with a norm of moderation. In the more northern and eastern regions of Europe, drinking to intoxication of grain-based beverages at feasts emerged, along with ambivalence towards alcohol. Groups such as Italians, Greeks, Chinese, and Jews, who have few drinking related problems, tend to share some common characteristics. Alcohol is neither seen as a poison or a magic potent, there is little or no social pressure to drink, irresponsible behavior is never tolerated, young people learn at home from their parents and from other adults how to handle alcohol in a responsible manner, and there is societal consensus on what constitutes responsible
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