Julia GrazianoProfessor GesualdiSPK 20825 September 2015SpeechIntro-At 18, you can enlist to fight and possibly die for this country. You can buy a gun, and drive a car. You can vote for who you think should be in charge of the government. You can live on your own and be taken off your parent’s payroll. In all aspects of the law, you are legally considered an adult. But you can’t legally drink alcohol.The drinking age is a controversial topic amongst Americans of all ages and this issue pertains to us all in different ways as members of society. After doing extensive research on the pros and cons of lowing the drinking age, I believe I’m a credible source to speak on behalf of this topic. So, today I am here to talk to you all about why the drinking age is 21, why it should remain 21, and why it should be changed to 18.Point 1-Nobody can develop a good opinion about a topic without first having a clear understanding of why the drinking age is what it is. When defined, the legal drinking age is the age that one is legally able to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. This age varies amongstcountries, and the degree of seriousness varies amongst states. Centuries ago, 21 was the age that a person became a full adult and could vote and become a knight. During World War 2, FDR lowered the minimum age for the military draft fromGraziano 1
21 to 18 which prompted the legal drinking age to lessen in some states varying from ages 18 to 21. The drinking age was later changed back to 21 nationally because teens would drive across state lines to where they were legal, drink, and then drive back home after drinking. This increase in driving after drinking lead to more alcohol-related driving fatalities amongst 18-20 year olds. Mothers Against Drunk Driving prompted the national age to change back to 21 country-wide.
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