The Legal Drinking Age Of The United States

1783 WordsApr 14, 20158 Pages
Persuasive-Research Essay The legal drinking age in the United States is 21, while in other countries the legal age ranges from 16-18. The argument in the United States is “Should the United States lower its drinking age?” There are many sides to this argument but research has given many good points to back up both sides of the question. First thing is the difference between a teen’s brain with alcohol and an adult’s brain with alcohol. Another thing is drinking at a younger age can help teach culture. Lastly the more alcohol exposed the increase in death rate. I believe that it is a good idea to keep the legal drinking age at age 21 because in our past we have had many problems with death increases due to the drinking age being at different ages and the research used uses pathos, logos, ethos and Kairos to help persuade the reader support that 21 should stay the legal drinking age. First off, the reason the drinking age is 21 is because the United States MAAD program wants to make sure a teen’s brain develops to maturity in order for them to be able to drink alcohol. The argument that congress had in the 70’s was, “If young Americans could be entrusted to vote, serve on a jury and fight in Vietnam, why couldn 't they order a beer?”(Griggs) If Americans are allowed to vote, fight in the wars and serve on jury all at the age of 18 what is the difference in them being able to go out and buy some alcohol. This side of an the argument is using ethos to help convince people that
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