Exemplification Essay: Keeping The Drinking Age

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The drinking age being set to eighteen is medically irresponsible and endangers the lives of many. Keeping the drinking age at twenty-one saves about 800 lives per year (Ogilvie, 2011). The lives are saved because there is less young people that are too young and immature to handle alcohol responsibly drinking and driving . The younger a person is, the more they combine binge drinking with driving and believe they are fine to drive home and end up crashing and not only killing themselves but others with them. Drinking before the age of twenty-one may interfere with the maturing and development of a person's frontal lobes, which are responsible for self-regulation, judgement, reasoning, problem-solving, and impulse control (Health and Services,…show more content…
In 1 Timothy 5:23 it states “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments (ESV).” Peter advises Timothy to not only drink water but also drink some wine from time to time to preserve his health and when necessary. Peter did not say to get drunk on the wine but to only have a little wine and limit his use. In a story in John 2 (ESV), Jesus turns water into wine for a wedding at Cana when they had run out of the wine they had. Jesus gives wine to his friends to drink so he does not see it as a bad thing or condemn the drinking of it. Jesus would have us drink it sparingly and moderately. The Bible portrays alcohol as something good and enjoyable but to be used in the right…show more content…
“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18, ESV).” God does not want us to get drunk with wine because that is a sin that leads to more sins but instead He wants us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He does not forbid drinking completely just the drunkenness He forbids. In the book of Romans chapter 14 (ESV) it states to not do anything that would cause your brother to stumble. In other words, if the drinking of alcohol offends fellow believes a person should refrain from consuming it in their presence. Also if a person is consuming alcohol and it is hindering the spread and overall message of the bible a person should refrain from consuming it. “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God (Romans 13:1, ESV).” The bible also states that we should follow the rules and laws set by our authorities, so if the drinking age is certain age then we should obey and wait for the proper time to consume it. In the same way if you disobey the law you are ultimately disobeying God and going against his will. The Bible does set rules and warns against using alcohol but never condones the drinking of
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