Young people view 21 as utterly arbitrarywhich it is And because the

Young people view 21 as utterly arbitrarywhich it is

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“Young people view 21 as utterly arbitrary—which it is. And because the explanation given them is so condescending—that they lack maturity and judgment, these same people who can serve on juries and sign contracts and who turned out in overwhelming numbers to elect our first black president—well, they don't buy it. And neither do I. And neither should the American public” ( Chavez). How is it fair that at 18 years old I can join the military and risk my life for this country, I can vote for the president, I can smoke cigarettes, however, if I walked into a bar I cannot purchase a beer until I am 21. Raising the drinking age hasn’t been effective enough; in fact, it has been pushing underage drinkers to drink in unsuitable environments. Drinking in a less controlled environment has proven time and time again that it can lead to dangerous circumstances or unfavorable decisions. Lowering the drinking age can help in reducing the health problems associated with drinking in less controlled environments. Binge drinking is a huge problem in the United States due to the high volume of alcohol, it leads to alcohol abuse and heart disease later down the road. According to Dr. Chafetz first director of the NIAAA “Lowering the drinking age can help prevent binge drinking”. Younger age people are also likely to non- rational decisions trying to drink with their friends because they feel left out which leads to binge drinking or drinking alone with no moderation. The prohibition is a good example of how people will always find a way and how it led people to make
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poor decisions. During Prohibition people would drink illegally in places called speakeasies were they a minimal chance of getting caught, on the other hand, people were unsanitary and were binge drinking with people they didn’t even know. Speakeasies weren’t the best spots to drink but it was the only spot to drink and in the end, it led to health problems such as substance abuse and heart conditions. The more and more we raise the drinking age the more trouble it causes for the underage people. Things have only gotten worse with more people binge drinking and more people drinking aiming to get drunk. It’s not safe at all for the younger age people to be drinking with people they don’t know or drinking in places they don’t know. In conclusion, the current drinking age hasn’t done its job in protecting the younger people but instead has sparked something that is more detrimental to our people. Despite the fact that the drinking age was raised, underage people still have access to alcohol at parties and other occasions due to their eagerness to obtain the drinks. Eagerness plays hand-in-hand with the forbidden fruit belief, they both lead to binge drinking and the desire to obtain the drink by any means necessary. The forbidden fruit belief also goes together with the health problems associated with the raised drinking age. When you desire something so much it causes reckless decisions
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