Alcohol and Public Health
The article outlined the facts relating to under-age drinking. The authors used facts to justify the need for capping minimum drinking age to 21 years. Statistically, over 4,300 deaths occur in USA annually as a result of excessive drinking of alcohol by the citizens who are under 21 years of age (CDC, 1). Underage drinking contributes to health and social problems. The habit leads to binge drinking among the youth, sexual and psychological issues and poor education progress. The article also demonstrates that there is a correlation between young people and adulthood drinking. Lastly, it shows some of the efforts made to prevent the menace through community initiatives.
The article is very vital as it justifies, statistically, the need to curb underage drinking. The article will be used in explaining why underage drinking, if not controlled, lead to adult drinking. The article will also be helpful in underscoring the significance of a community-based approach to dealing with underage drinking. Through the community taskforces, alcohol-related challenges such as accidents and school drop rates can be minimized.
Study: The Debate Is Over - Higher Drinking Age Saves Lives
The article authoritatively states that the debate on the reduction of drinking age is closed. That is, and it is now the turn of the government to act by legally allowing the age-18 drinking. The author argued that countless researches have confirmed that the 21 age limit laws are counterproductive. The author cited a study by Prof. William DeJong of Boston University that recommended need to lower the age limit. Further, over 900 lives are lost on the American roads every year as a result of underage drinking. However, the article also cited the case of New Zealand where the reduction of drink age in 1999 led to more accidents among the youth aged between 16 and 20 years. Similarly, Canada did not lower drinking age other than enforcement of traffics laws but registered a fall in accidents in 1984.
The article will be useful in terms of research evidence on the issue of youth and drinking. The article will offer authoritative source of secondary data. It will also be used to fine tune the research methodology and objectives. It will also be crucial in carrying out national comparative analyses such as the case of New Zealand and Europe. For example, comparatively, 36 % of American teenagers drink against Europe’s’ corresponding figure of 47%. The article will also be used to develop some implications of a possible repeal of the age-21 law by the senate. The implications will affect the youth, educational institutions and lobby groups such as Choose Responsibility that commissioned William DeJong’s research.
The Debate on Lowering the Drinking Age
The article analyses the policy challenges with regards to the 21 years minimum drinking age. The information is based on a declaration by more than one hundred college presidents who sparked a fierce national debate by arguing that the age limit is not functional. According to some experts, the declaration by the college presidents has contributed to more excessive underage drinking (Bidwell). Consequently, a one-time president of Middlebury College, Mr. John McCardell, started a campaign aimed at lowering the age limit to 18 years. The article thus reports that the 21 age limit has failed as the law is dysfunctional.
The article will be used as a basis for a counter argument against 21 years old drinking limit. The information gathered will be crucial in debunking the popular belief that raising the drinking age limit would be beneficial. The article will thus provide information that the people opposed to raising the drinking age limit have fronted. It also offers an excellent critique of the current alcohol and related laws.
Should the US Lower the Minimum Drinking Age?
The article offers a balanced analysis of the minimum drinking age issue. First, the author acknowledged the challenge of binge drinking among the college students. The outcomes of such behaviors include accidents on the roads, physical injuries among others. The article also brings to the fore the issue of the majority age. The youth argues that while they vote and join the military at 18 years, there is no reason enough to stop them from drinking at 18 years (Doraiswamy, 1). The article also quoted The Amethyst Initiative report by over 100 college presidents who called for the revocation of the 21 years age limit for drinking. According to the author, arguments for a lowered drinking age include failure of the current age limit laws, the contributed abuse of alcohol by the underage and need to discuss the issue more openly. On the other hand, those opposed to the age limit reduction argue that past studies vindicate their arguments due to the youth recklessness and need to deal with unintended consequences such social deviance.
The article will be used to analyze the pros and cons of both 21 and 18 years drinking limit. The information will be used to make valid claims by both sides while seeking a workable course of action. The article will help in invoking another debate on the need to focus on intervention measures to curb the intended outcomes of youth drinking, whether 18 or 21 years of age.
The Drinking Age Is Past Its Prime
The article offers a powerful critique against the 21 year age limit for drinking. The author argued that many countries have reduced the drinking age limit to 18 years as opposed to 21 years. However, USA seems isolated with a 21-year rule. Consequently, the action of the government is pushing the youth to worse anti-social behaviors such as the use of pills, Sexual immorality and social seclusion (Paglia, 1). According to the article, 18-year-olds are responsible for taking care of themselves. There is the need to focus on the issue like road safety, use of seat belts and hefty DWI penalties as opposed to preoccupation with the drinking age.
The article will be vital in attempts to relate the youth drinking and personal responsibility. There is a high likelihood that texting while driving, carelessness and failure to use safety belts can contribute to more deaths. The information may be used to justify the need for personal responsibility while driving. Also, the article will help in understanding the role of fines, penalties, and surprise road checks in controlling drunk driving, other than the age limit issue.
Bidwell, Allie. Study: The Debate Is Over - Higher Drinking Age Saves Lives. U.S. News and
World Report 2014 February 2014.
CBS News. The Debate On Lowering The Drinking Age. 19 February 2009 . 21 November 2014
CDC. Alcohol and Public Health. 24 March 2014. 2014 November 2014
Doraiswamy, Sheela. Should the US Lower the Minimum Drinking Age? 21 November 2102. 21
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Paglia, Camille. The Drinking Age Is Past Its Prime. TIME. 23 April 2014. 23 November 2014