Pursuasive Esasy - Whitehouse 1 Anna Whitehouse Professor...

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Whitehouse 1 Anna Whitehouse Professor Abrams ENG 103 17 November 2010 The Drinking Age Revisited According to the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, states are awarded “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,” thus including the right to set the minimum drinking age (citiation). In spite of this in 1984 Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act that required all states to raise their minimum purchase and public possession of alcohol age to 21. States that did not comply by 1986 faced a reduction of ten percent in highway funds, which translates to tens of millions of dollars under the Federal Highway Aid Act, which many would say comes dangerously close to infringing upon states’ rights, using what is essentially blackmail. Only three other countries share the distinction with the United States of having the highest drinking age worldwide; Indonesia, Mongolia, and Palau. For the majority of the rest of the world the drinking age coincides with the legal age of adulthood. “The drinking age is the lone exception to the legal age of adulthood in the US. 18 year-olds can vote, enlist and fight in a war, enter into binding contracts, marry, own businesses, serve in judgment on a jury and a host of other rights and responsibilities,” including smoking cigarettes which is proven to cause serious health problems (Chooseresponsibility). In my opinion the drinking age should not be an age at all. Maturity is not miraculously acquired once a person celebrates a specific birthday; it depends on the individual and their life experiences. My solution to the drinking problem is to allow people to purchase and possess alcohol only after
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Whitehouse 2 they have graduated from high school and completed a course, possibly provided through the school, teaching responsible drinking habits to help young adults to make mature decisions. Parents should also play a key role in educating their children about alcohol and its proper usage and making sure that they are associating with other responsible young adults because “findings indicate that parenting practices and peer influences are among the strongest correlates of adolescent substance use” (Dishion 12). Education is vital, as Black said during our interview “Too many schools are taking an “abstinence only” policy and hoping the problem will go away, rather than one where you properly educate students on the effects of drugs, both positive and negative. Under educated students is the real problem.” In 1980 President Reagan issued Executive Order 12358—Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving. The four goals of this Executive Order were to: “heighten public awareness of the seriousness of the drunk driving problem, persuade states and communities to attack the drunk driving problem in a more organized and systematic manner, including plans to eliminate bottlenecks in the arrest, trial and sentencing process that impair the effectiveness of
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