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  1. 1. Lowering the Drinking age<br />Lisa Trimble<br />
  2. 2. At age 18<br />Vote in Elections<br />Join the Military<br />Buy Cigarettes<br />Get Married<br />Enter into Contracts<br />Run for a Political Office<br />Serve Alcohol<br />
  3. 3. It’s the law<br />Although every state has different laws on alcohol in the US. <br />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.<br />"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)<br />
  4. 4. Across the Globe<br />
  5. 5. For Instance <br /><ul><li>You’re 19 years old
  6. 6. You live by yourself
  7. 7. You have a beer
  8. 8. A friend calls who needs a ride
  9. 9. You get pulled over
  10. 10. You blow a .02 BAC
  11. 11. You are going to JAIL!</li></li></ul><li>AFTER A DUI<br />Finding a job will be harder<br />Lack of transportation<br />Loss of job<br />Joining the military<br />Paying heavy fines <br />Taking DUI classes<br /><ul><li>Unemployment
  12. 12. Dropping out of school
  13. 13. Likelihood of depression</li></li></ul><li>What’s the difference<br />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<br />
  14. 14. Tell me more<br />How many consumed alcohol before the age of 21?<br />How many have experienced binge drinking?<br />How many of you have lost someone you knew due to a alcohol related death?<br />
  15. 15. Prohibition doesn’t work<br />72% have consumed alcohol by the end of high school<br /> 37% have done so by eighth grade.<br />Kentucky 2009<br />Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: <br />17<br />
  16. 16. WE need a new plan<br />Lower the drinking age to 18<br />Teach young adults to drink responsibly<br />More acceptance of drinking from our country will reduce the “taboo” effect.<br />Education is KEY<br />“Raising the drinking age to 21 was passed with the very best of intentions, but it’s had the very worst of outcomes,” <br />“Just like during national Prohibition, the law has pushed and forced underage drinking and youthful drinking underground, where we have no control over it.”<br />David J. Hanson, an alcohol policy expert at the State University of New York-Potsdam. <br />
  17. 17. Counter arguments<br />Lowering the drinking age to 18<br />Make it more accessible to high school students<br />18- 20 year olds are not mature enough to consume alcohol<br />Teenagers & young adults obviously have a problem with binge drinking. It would make it worse.<br />
  18. 18. sources<br />http://www.usatoday.com.<br />http://www.centurycouncil.org/learn-the-facts/statefacts/states/KY<br />Wechsler, Henry, Wuethrich Bernice. Dying to Drink: Confronting Binge Drinking on College Campuses. Rodale, 2002. Print.<br />Heath, Dwight. “In Most Cultures, Youth Drinking Does not lead to alcoholism.” 2005. Gale Opposing Viewpoints Database. Web. 14. April 2011.<br />http://www.cdc.gov. Alcohol & Public Use. 2011. Web. 14 April 2011.<br />
  19. 19. Questions<br />