Introduction. Currently The Legal Age To Consume Alcoholic

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Introduction Currently the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages in the United States is 21 years old. Alcohol is the cause of 88,000 deaths per year in the United States (CDC, 2014). The following numbers include: drunk driving, homicides with alcohol involved, and alcohol poisoning. This is a high average for the current minimum legal drinking age, and the number of deaths continues to increase each year. Alcohol fatalities are considered a preventative death in the United States, which means fatalities that include alcohol can be avoided, by simply being responsible. There are so many things in place to prevent alcohol fatalities such as: drunk driving laws, mass media campaigns, sobriety checkpoints, alcohol screenings, brief …show more content…

According to Reams, A. A. (2016):
Amethyst Initiative, the group, consisting currently of 136 signatories ranging from presidents of small private institutions, such as Wartburg College and Coe College, to the president of Johns Hopkins University, began in 2008. The Amethyst Initiative argues that the national minimum legal drinking age is not working, as it increases risks for young people experiencing consequences of alcohol use, and infringes upon adult rights by taking away the ability to have a drink, while federal law still requires or allows 18 to 20 year olds to go to war, serve on juries, and vote. (pg. 5)
The goal of the Amethyst Initiative is to develop ways for younger alcohol consumers to drink responsibly. They state that current legislation needs to incorporate education and focus on the value of moderation instead of intolerance. Many may think that lowering the drinking age is an issue that wouldn’t be supported but Choose Responsibility, a nonprofit organization has dedicated its work to advocating for the rights of young people to make their own informed decisions. Alcohol is a social norm in this country and can’t be taken away from a certain age group when it is publicized and advertised everywhere we look. According to Jones, S. N., & Lachman, V. D. (2011):
Choose Responsibility provided the following reasons (in part) to lower MLD 21 to age 18: Should the legal drinking

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