show equal or lower rates of intoxication or binge drinking in the US at the current drinking age are lower than in Europe in general shows a lot about the level of responsibility we entrust in our youth. While doing the research for this assignment I did experience bandwagon biases as well as well as some observational selection biases mostly when it came to researching how Europeans handle the low age of drinking. I didn’t want to acknowledge the fact that binge- drinking is higher amongst underaged people in those countries until I found the research supporting it. Also, I did engage in binge drinking at a young age and did not feel I gained any negative long-term effects from it which made my biases more apparent. Also the enculturation factor did play a huge part in my biases due to growing up in a college area and having the opportunity to explore alcohol at a young age because of the college culture.
ASSIGNMENT 1.1 CONFLICTING VIEWPOINTS ESSAY After examining the medical research, the responsibilities of initiating drinking at a higher age, and investigating how the MLDA effects Europe, I do not feel that my position has changed on lowering the minimal drinking age; however, I think I did learn something from this and feel that maybe the MLDA could be lowered under a conditional basis. I did appreciate taking the “believing game” approach to oppose my argument and will carry forth this critical thinking skill when it comes to objectively understanding all sides of a viewpoint or an argument.
ASSIGNMENT 1.1 CONFLICTING VIEWPOINTS ESSAY Reference: 1. “Alcohol’s Effects on the Adolescent Brain-What Can Be Learned From Animal Models” by Susanne Hiller-Sturmhöfel, Ph.D., and H. Scott Swartzwelder, Ph.D. [Online]
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- Spring '13
- Drinking culture, MLDA, Legal drinking age