At age 18 Vote in Elections Join the Military Buy Cigarettes Get Married Enter into Contracts Run for a Political Office Serve Alcohol
It’s the law Although every state has different laws on alcohol in the US. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 states that revenue will be withheld from states that allow the purchase of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21. "Zero Tolerance" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) LevelAll states carry "zero tolerance" laws that target drivers under the legal drinking age. These laws penalize persons under 21 for operating a vehicle with any trace of alcohol in their systems (a BAC above 0.0)
What’s the difference The CDC states that 443,000 deaths are attributable to tobacco products annually. According to the Alcohol-Related Disease Impact, from 2001–2005, there were only 79,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use
Tell me more How many consumed alcohol before the age of 21? How many have experienced binge drinking? How many of you have lost someone you knew due to a alcohol related death?
Prohibition doesn’t work 72% have consumed alcohol by the end of high school 37% have done so by eighth grade. Kentucky 2009 Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: 17
WE need a new plan Lower the drinking age to 18 Teach young adults to drink responsibly More acceptance of drinking from our country will reduce the “taboo” effect. Education is KEY “Raising the drinking age to 21 was passed with the very best of intentions, but it’s had the very worst of outcomes,” “Just like during national Prohibition, the law has pushed and forced underage drinking and youthful drinking underground, where we have no control over it.” David J. Hanson, an alcohol policy expert at the State University of New York-Potsdam.
Counter arguments Lowering the drinking age to 18 Make it more accessible to high school students 18- 20 year olds are not mature enough to consume alcohol Teenagers & young adults obviously have a problem with binge drinking. It would make it worse.
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