Controversial Analysis: Drinking Age

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Carolina Quiroga April 02, 2012 Leslie Jones English 102 The Drinking Age and Young Adults. Because underage drinking is a major problem for young adults, the drinking age has become a very controversial issue. In the 1990's, the drinking age was 18, but it was changed to 21 in 1984. The Federal Government informed states to choose between raising the drinking age to 21 or foregoing highway funding. This decision obviously affected 18 to 20 year olds who could no longer buy alcoholic beverages. As in every controversy, there are supporters on both sides. Some argue that at the age of 18, when young adults are able to fight in war and get married, they should be able to make the decision to have a drink. Others say that at the age…show more content…
The controversy of the benefit is that during young adult years the body is still in development, therefore, if you drink at a low age you are more likely to be an alcoholic when you grow up. Drinking is a larger choice than smoking because alcohol reduces your ability to make choices rationally by intoxicating you. Being that if you get drunk you might regret a decision made under the influences of alcohol. Although this article contradicts itself, it's effective because it gives you the good and the bad side of underage drinking. It leaves you thinking whether it is right or wrong to drink under the age of 21. The professor from Indiana University, Ruth C, author of "Why the drinking age should be lowered: An opinion based upon research," gives us his opinion of how the drinking age should be lowered based upon research. He says that young adults should be able to drink in controlled environments such as restaurants, bars, taverns, official school and university functions. In those situations responsible drinking could be taught through role modeling, Young adults usually do it in a hidden place, for example in house parties, or apartments. Although the purchase age is 21, the majority of college students consume alcohol under the age of 21. This is because they see alcohol as a "forbidden fruit," a "badge of rebellion against authority" and a symbol of "adulthood." When research was done while the drinking age was 18, the percent statistics
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