Essay # 4 Draft #2
Change the Age
Eighteen. This is the magical age where one is considered an
adult and mature enough to make their own responsible life decisions.
After turning eighteen, citizens of America are given many rights such
as being selected for jury duty, allowed to vote and even be enlisted in
the Armed Forces. However, the government views alcohol as a
something that requires a higher age for it to be legal. 21. Three years
after 18, is considered responsible enough to consume, purchase, or
posses alcohol. So when an 18-year old is given all of these rights, the
fact to legally drink alcohol is 21, is the heat of controversy for many
Even in the past, the United States government has tried to
stop the prohibition of alcohol twice, but has just resulted in backlash
of society problems because it could not be properly enforced. As a
result, the government is trying to fix a problem that is not broken, and
needs to lower the legal drinking age to 18.
Unknown to many people, alcohol has always been a part of
American history, from the colonial period to present day. In colonial
America people didn’t care about drinking unless it got out of hand. In
fact in 1669, a law was even made against binge drinking (Hanson).
Alcohol was also a big part of the Triangle Trade route, with breweries
in America became prosperous and generated much needed revenue.
Then in the Civil war, alcohol was used for many reasons throughout
the conflict. It was used in place of Anesthesia, because it was cheaper
and considered to be more effective than an anesthesiologist
(Hanson). In addition, nurses used alcohol to cure ailments, fight
internal diseases, and prevent infection. Also, each soldier was given a
4 oz ration of alcohol before battle, to get them into a more fighting
mentality. Alcohol has been commonly present and used throughout
history for various reasons. It shouldn’t have to be treated as a taboo
in today’s society.
However, entering the 1920’s the U.S. government declared
national prohibition on alcohol by ratifying the eighteenth amendment,
to reduce the crime and corruption in society. However, all this did was
just move the alcohol from warehouse and breweries to the safety of
peoples home and other places where the drinking of alcohol could not
be seen (Thornton). Also, since brewing wasn’t allowed in the United