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Martinez Pena 1 Deliana Martinez Pena College Writing 102-01 May 5 th , 2014 Dr. Erica Scott Be Above the Influence by Lowering the Drinking Age The drinking age restriction on teenagers is causing more problems rather than it is creating productive solutions. Despite these laws being established to decrease the various issues such as delinquency and crimes, it rather creates more harm for both families and the country itself. Even though it has been effective, it has been only successful to some extent as it hasn’t reduced the number of teenagers drinking under the age of twenty-one. Lowering the legal drinking age from twenty-one to eighteen, like some other countries, can produce the following benefits: reduce the amount of fatal crashes, and allow institutions, such as high schools and universities, to promote a sense of responsibility of drinking through educating the young about the consumption of alcohol. These young adults can handle the responsibilities of drinking as much as they can handle obtaining their driving license and driving their own car. In 1984, the congress enacted the National Drinking Age Act, which is still in effect, and this was established because it presented an enormous health issue. The Alcohol Policy Information System reports that “[a]nnually, about 5,000 youth under [the] age 21 die from motor vehicle crashes, other unintentional injuries, and homicides and suicides that involve underage drinking” (APIS). The Eighteenth Amendment sets the stage for alcohol usage. Because of the many consequences of underage drinking, it is agreed that action must be taken to remedy the situation. But how can the government do so?
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Martinez Pena 2 When analyzing the behavior of young adults, one conclusion that one may take is the following: teenagers are rebellious, that is to say it is the age where they are most likely prone to behave in ways that are often perceived as unconventional in the eyes of adults. Consequently, they are intrigued to consume alcohol even when the law does not permit it. Most of the car crashes are caused because of the restriction of the drinking age. Lowering the drinking age limit would be more convenient to young adults because if there was a law that permitted them to drink at such an age, at least in restaurants and bars, they would be able to learn how to consume and control the amount of alcohol being taken. Also, teenagers would be surrounded by adults that can supervise in case one consumes more than what he or she should’ve had. The problem that the law has, is that with a limit, teenagers do not learn, and therefore are more likely to break the drinking age rule and be in car crashes. For instance, laws are imposed to keep society running on a straight path, but if there are negative consequences to a law, one should compromise and search for better results. Because teenagers become rebellious when forced to do something, another strategy should be taken to control this problem, which in this Fig. 1.
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