Lowering National Drinking Age

Lowering National Drinking Age - might ask, it’s simply...

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Wechsler, Henry, and Nelson F., Toblen. “Will Increasing Alcohol Availability By Lowering the Minimum Legal Drinking Age Decrease Drinking and Related Consequences Among Youths?”. American Journal of Public Health. 2010. Pages 986-992. 14 October 2011. Jonathan Mike Lindle Pamela Presser UW Brain Matters 14 Oct 2011 It is hypothesized that if the national drinking age in the United States is lowered to 18 years of age, the new policy could “help young adults aged 18 to 20 years make healthy de- cisions about alcohol and lead to reductions in drinking and its negative effects.” In essence our culture has developed and improved the way we educate teenagers. The spread of alcohol aware- ness is prevalent in any standard health class in high school. This simply was not the case as early as a decade ago. It’s similar to sexual education across the nation, today’s teenagers are simply more informed about sexual safety than they have been in the past. The fact that the drinking age is still 21 encourages kids to drink as often as possible and in excess. But why you
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Unformatted text preview: might ask, it’s simply the “wow-factor”. If it’s illegal, it’s cool–fact. Most teenagers will jump at any opportunity to drink because it’s something that they want to do, something that makes them feel above the law. The goal is to lower the drinking age to 18 because it would take away the “wow-factor” in the act of drinking. It would also desensitize younger teens and overexpose them to alcohol– culturally this would force alcohol consumption to become a more casual ordeal. Once drinking becomes nonchalant, teenagers will drink more often but they wont feel the need to drink in ex-cess. This would control mortality rates in the United States because “alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of death in the United States, a major contributing factor to unintentional in-juries, the leading cause of death for youths and young adults, and accounts for an estimated 75,000 or more total deaths in the United States Annually”....
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2012 for the course UW 1020-31 taught by Professor Pamelapresser during the Fall '11 term at GWU.

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