Alcohol, Good Or Evil?

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Daniel Sifford Dr. Blumenstock Englsih 1020-003 7 April 2015 Alcohol, Good or Evil? July 17, 1987, a day that would effect everyone in the country whether or not they were born or not. It is the day that the Minimum Legal drinking age was signed into effect. That is a law that is one of the most broke laws in the nation. It is a fairly recent law and a majority of Americans did not know how recent it was signed in. Legal battles of all kinds helped get the law signed in. There are some helpful restrictions, and also, some unfair ones. Even before prohibition there were movements to limit who could consume alcohol. There were a few strategies to completely ban alcohol, and the temperance movement was a very influential one. It used a form…show more content…
21 was the age many states had determined was legal, but in several states teens could purchase beet at the age of 18. The 1960s were a decade of change. A lower drinking age came out of the 60s due to the generation that was being called off to war. Young men were being called off to foreign places to fight in a terrible war and were made to go over and kill other people, but they could not drink in their home country? In the eyes of the government a person is old enough to “work” for them but not have their own time. This generation exercised previous political muscle that was unheard of, and through numerous years of protest, the Vietnam war generation gained back some of the liberty they had lost over the years. As that generation got older they started to care less about alcohol and focus more on their families. They had more on their mind than alcohol and they found more important things than the rights they had fought so hard to gain back. The late 1970s and 1980s were flooded with many publicized with studies stating that teenage alcohol use was out of control and was a growing problem. This brought on a huge amount of anti-alcohol legislation and eventually, after tough political battle, the drinking age was set in 1984. A strategy to create a nation-wide age-21 MLDA change at the federal level, however, faced a significant hurdle. The 21st amendment of the US Constitution passed in 1933 that repealed prohibition also gave individual states the
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