6. Explain how you will implement the decision made and reflect on whether this option was the most effective.
PROBLEM SOLVING AT WORKAccording to recent studies, approximately 31% of road traffic deaths in the U.S. involve alcohol. This percentage has been found to be higher than in many countries with a drinking age lower than 21. Increasing the drinking age to 21 in 1984 in the U.S., this did not cause a significant decrease in traffic accidents and fatalities. On the opposing side, people feel that lowering the drinking age is irresponsible. The interesting thing about this viewpoint is that I can see where this point of view has merit if it is true that alcohol consumption can interfere with brain development in the brains of young adults. This occurs in areas of the brain that are vital for functions such as emotional regulation, planning, and organization. Chronic problems can become more significant when consuming alcohol. One example of these type of chronic problems is experiencing memory loss.If I believed that lowering the drinking age was not appropriate, I would compare it to other things that a person cannot do at age 18. For instance, a person cannot legally own a gun or adopta child until they are 21. So, it makes sense that the same holds true for being able to legally buy and drink alcohol. This idea could be true in certain circumstances such as the drinking age not being a fundamentalright of U.S. citizens. It is not guaranteed by the Constitution. In conclusion, one can find pros and cons to every issue. However, it is essential to look up an issue that you are researching in general such as, “Should the drinking age be lowered to 18?” rather than “The drinking age should be lowered to 18.” Otherwise, your search results will showbias to one side and will not give good opposing information that will help you to think more critically on the issue. 3
PROBLEM SOLVING AT WORKSources cited:Drinking Age ProCon.org. (n.d.). Retrieved from .Fulton, W. (April 7, 2016). Is it time to lower the drinking age to 18? Retrieved from d_b_9633254.html?guccounter=1.4
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