the chances they have of avoiding alcoholism later on in life (Arnold-Burger). With alcoholism being a serious medical and social problem, the minimum legal drinking age being at the age of twenty-one is extremely important. For the safety and well-being of all United States citizens, theminimum legal drinking age should stay at twenty-one. The consumption of alcoholic beverages and the behaviors associated with being drunk have long plagued the United States. Throughout the country, millions of people have been killedfrom alcohol or alcohol related accidents. Alcohol has been, and will always be, an immense problem in the United States. The set minimum legal drinking age is a controversial topic and will continuously be debated in the years to come. Neither raising or lowering the minimum legal
Senecal 10drinking age is the correct decision when attempting to deal with this contentious topic. In the end the minimum legal drinking age of twenty-one is here to stay and should not be changed. The best decision for the United States is to stick with the current drinking age and improve on any observed flaws. The current alcohol situation can be improved through the use of many tactics such as a sin tax, limiting service hours, and pursuing harsher punishments. All in all, the minimum legal drinking age is used to protect the citizens of the United States, and the current age serves this purpose. The drinking dilemma in the United States all traces back to the people themselves. After all, it is a person’s own choice to drink and contribute to the Drinking Era that the United States is in today, regardless of any laws that are introduced. Works Cited“Alcohol Facts and Statistics.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, -alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics.Arnold-Burger, Karen. "Maintaining the Legal Drinking Age of 21 Curbs Underage AlcoholAbuse." Alcohol Abuse, edited by Christine Watkins, Greenhaven Press, 2012. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, OVIC?u=nysl_sc_drydenhs&sid=OVIC&xid=a035781e. Accessed 15 Jan. 2019. Originally published as "The Top Five Reasons We Should Keep the Drinking Age at 21,", 26 Aug. 2008.DeJong, William. "Setting the Legal Drinking Age at 21 Has Saved Lives." Opposing ViewpointsOnline Collection, Gale, 2019. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, /apps/doc/XPVTAO094990133/OVIC?
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English, Drinking culture, Legal drinking age, National Minimum Drinking Age Act