Essay # 4 Draft # 3 - Boda 1 Sushanth Boda English 125-013...

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Sushanth Boda English 125-013 Essay # 4 Draft # 3 (Final) 18 Reasons: Proposal to Lower the United States Legal Drinking Age At the time when Chris Konshak, the current executive director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving for the state of Virginia (Politzer), attended the University of Richmond back in 1983, school rules allowed him to keep a keg of beer in his room. On the contrary, in today’s society, when a student at the University of Richmond decides to bring a keg into his or her room, this student will face expulsion. Unlike in the past, the legal age to drink, possess, or buy alcohol in the United States is now twenty-one as opposed to eighteen. The age has been changed because it is believed to create a safer environment for both the drinker and the people around them. However, this is certainly not the case. In the past when the United States government tried to prohibit alcohol, it only resulted in a backlash of societal problems. In a sense, the government was trying to fix something that was not broken. This law seems especially outrageous when one is considered an adult, by law, at eighteen, yet they cannot make their own decisions when it comes to the consumption of alcohol. To eliminate this age discrimination, I propose that each state individually pass a petition through its own respective legislature to change the legal drinking age to eighteen years of age. There are many sponsors from various prestigious universities to provide support for this bill as it proceeds through state legislature. As a result, the proposal of modifying the legal drinking age to eighteen now has the potential to go Boda 1
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from a fantasy to a reality. Unbeknownst to many people, alcohol has been a prominent part of American history, from the colonial era to modern present day. Starting off were the Puritans, one of the first immigrants to the United States, who carried more beer than water on their ship (Hanson). It was a reflection of their cultural beliefs and attitudes that to them, drinking was a normal part of life. In fact, people of both sexes typically drank beer with their daily meals. As a result, brewing became a big industry in the Colonial Era. “It became a vital part of the Triangular Trade route, and in turn became highly successful and one of New England’s most prosperous industries,” claims David J. Hanson, Ph.D. Sociology, New York University. Being such an important aspect of commercial and cultural life gave drinking alcohol a positive image in society and had little if any rules controlling it. As time went on, a dark cloud formed and consuming alcohol was related to corruption and politics (Mintz). Then on January 16 th 1920 t he United States went dry; saloons, breweries, and distilleries across the land, were forced to close their doors. The United States government declared national prohibition of alcohol in hopes for the reduction of crime and corruption in society. In contrast, all it did was simply move the alcohol from
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Essay # 4 Draft # 3 - Boda 1 Sushanth Boda English 125-013...

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