CST Notes- scholarship.docx - Group Members Bernice Lesanga Caleb Owens Kelley Mitchell Matthew Hutchens Breanna Butcher Topic The legal drinking age in

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Group Members Bernice Lesanga, Caleb Owens, Kelley Mitchell, Matthew Hutchens, Breanna Butcher Topic The legal drinking age in the United States should be lowered to 18. Introduction (Moderator- Kelley) A. Members on each side: Agree- Caleb & Breanna, Disagree- Matthew & Bernice B. Two opposing thesis statements: The legal drinking age should be lowered to 18. The legal drinking age should stay at 21. C. Importance of societal issue and reason for solution: Underage drinking is a pressing issue within our society. Drinking under the legal age limit can lead to alcohol dependence and many other related problems, however, lowering the legal age limit could prevent alcohol induced injuries for persons under 21 along with other benefits. D. Establish Common Ground: We all recognize the dangers that come with consuming alcohol and the reasons for prohibition under a certain age, but some of the negative effects alcohol has on underage drinkers can be limited by lowering the age limit to 18. E. Key Definitions if needed: (oral citation in delivery) (APA in-text citation in outline) Will consider while doing research. [Transition: ( Kelley): According Sean Flynn, from research Gate, ,If a woman is old enough to sign a contract, buy a house and get married, isn’t she also old enough to sip champagne at her wedding? If a man is mature enough to serve on a jury or risk his life in a war halfway around the world, isn’t he also mature enough to drink a beer? I. Main Point 1-3 of Perspective A (Caleb) A. Old enough to get married, have children/get an abortion, then you are old enough to drink. B. At 18 you are considered an adult if tried in court for committing a crime. If you are old enough for an adult penalty (20+ prison time) then you should be considered adult enough to drink
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C. People under 21 see alcohol as forbidden fruit. The curiosity leads to more people drinking under twenty one anyway. If the age is made to 18 curiosity and wonder would decrease as it is no longer “off limits”. D. If you are old enough to vote on the leader of your country, or take a bullet for it, you should also be old enough to drink. E. If the drinking age is lowered to eighteen it would increase social drinking in safe controlled environments (bar, club, pub, tavern, restaurant) where they would learn educational drinking through role modeling. Due to the building guidelines mature and sensible drinking behavior would be expected F. Places such as Italy, Greece, China and Israel have fewer drinking related accidents because of their more lacks laws concerning alcohol. Safe and responsible drinking is taught during upbringing. Because of the alcohol freedom there is little societal pressure to do it. The forbidden fruit or “rebel against” ideology is disbanded.
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  • Spring '14
  • DavidA.Carlone
  • drinking age, Drinking culture, Caleb Owens, Kelley Mitchell, Bernice Lesanga, Matthew Hutchens

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