Eliminating the Drinking Age

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1 ELIMINATING THE DRINKING AGE Eliminating the Drinking Age Jamie Friend ENG2001 Instructor Green
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2 ELIMINATING THE DRINKING AGE Eliminating the Drinking Age Eliminating the legal drinking age in the United States would be hazardous to our teens and to our society. The legal drinking age of 21 discourages the use and abuse of alcohol by young people. Younger teens would have access to alcohol if the age limit were eliminated. Alcohol use would begin at an early age which can affect the “cognitive ability, decision-making, and memory” (Narcotic Education Foundation of America 2002). With the use of alcohol in the teen years an increase in “unplanned and unprotected sex” (Hingston, et al. 2003) would increase, alcoholism would increase, and performance in school would decline. There has been a reduction in alcohol related traffic accidents by 50 percent and almost 25,000 lives saved (National Center for Statistics and Analysis 2004) with the drinking age being at 21. With the availability of alcohol at a younger age, teens involved in alcohol-related car
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