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My Goal: My goal for this blog is to try and make the government think about lower the drinking age down to 18 years old, and be more focused on educating young adults on how to drink responsibly.


Blog #1: Problem

The drinking age in the United States I feel is set to high. We are one of the only countries with a drinking age as high as 21 years old. The United States should lower the drinking age to at least 18 years old because at age 18 you are almost legal to do everything except one thing that is being legal to drink. Most of the things that you are legal to do are being able to buy cigarettes and gamble, risk your life and go to war, buy porn videos, buy your own house, sue, serve on a jury, get a tattoo, vote and go to the bank and open your own bank account. So you are able to do all these things at age 18 except go to a bar or a store and by alcohol. Now how is it far that your are legal to put your life at risk and go to war but you are not legal to get a drink.


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Blog #2: Universities Signing a Petition

This Article is about universities signing a petition to try and get the drinking age lowered to 18. They feel that they can’t recommend drinking out at school events but student drink in their room, which can be dangerous. That is where they are more likely to get seriously ill and could possible die. So they have to try and teach kids about drinking and how to help someone out if they need it. If they lower the drinking age then more people are not likely to find it more and could be safer when they drink. They are less likely to drink so much because then they won’t feel that it is so scares that they need to drink as much. Also a guy in this article pitched and idea that I thought was a very good idea for kids under the age of 21. Which was allow kids between the ages 18 to 20 to have a drinking license which is like a drivers license that allows them to drink only if they take a drinking awareness course. This is a good idea because the kids that get this would be allowed to drink and also be aware of what alcohol can do to you and how dangerous it could be. (220 words)

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Source: Gordon, Larry, and Gale Holland. "Drinking Age | At 18, is it time for a drink? - Los Angeles Times." Featured Articles From The Los Angeles Times. N.p., 20 July 2008. Web. 14 May 2012. <http://articles.latimes.com/2008/aug/20/local/me-drinking20>.

Blog #3: Pros and Cons

This page talks about the pros and cons of lower the drinking age. Some of the pros and cons to lowering the drinking age are

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CONS

  • Lower drinking age allows kids between 18 and 20 to drink in supervised areas

  • Be good for economy because there are more people legal to drink which means more people going and buying drinks.

  • Give High scholars and even middle scholars a easier chance to get alcohol

  • Helps lower the amount of binge drinking’s under the age of 21 because alcohol is hard to get.

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I find these to be good Pros and Cons I cant say that I disagree with any of these but I do feel the pros a pretty strong. I think allowing us to drink in supervised areas would limit the chances of people under the age of 21 to drink and drive because there are people watching them drink. Lowering the drinking ages also makes it easier for younger kids to get alcohol which is not good because they are still growing and drinking is not good for you. Lowering the drinking age would also be good for economy because more people are allowed to go out to and buy alcohol, which will give more money to the government. With keeping the drinking age at 21 will make it harder for kids to binge drink because it is hard for them to get alcohol so when they are able to get alcohol they cant get that much. (253 words)

Source: "Should the drinking age be lowered from 21 to a younger age?." Drinking Age ProCon.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2012. <http://drinkingage.procon.org/>.
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Blog #4:

This article was about a girl that died from binge drinking. I was shocked to see how many alcohol beverages that she

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had in the short time period that she drank. I was also shocked that her friends would just leave her in a house alone after drinking that much and thinking she could just sleep it off. I feel her friends did this because they really did not know the serious harm that she did to her self and that they were a little scared to get help. From this article the reason that they should lower the drinking age from this is because these college students are living away from home for the first time and they have no idea what alcohol can do to their system. They don’t know that if you drink a lot of alcohol you could die and they also might not know the signs of alcohol poison where they need to go to the hospital or a friends needs to go to a hospital to get their stomach pumped. If they lowered the drinking age then more parents would talk to the kids before they go to college about drinking and signs that they would need to see in friend that they need to go to the hospital because they drank to much. (223 words)


Source: Sidman, Jessica. "USATODAY.com ." A college student's death may help save lives. N.p., 26 June 2006. Web. 14



Blog #5: The Debate

This article discusses the debate on whether or not the drinking age should be lowered, and whether the law stating that the drinking age is 21 is even effective. The whole reason that the law was passed in the mid 1980's was to reduce the number of highway fatalities, but it is obvious that minors are still drinking. The only thing that this law has done is push underage drinking into a much more secretive place, and it is becoming extremely dangerous. Rather than being responsible with alcohol consumption, underage drinkers are hiding it, doing it in places such as frat houses and dorm rooms where they never learn a limit. Because minors are being forced to hide it, it is contributing to an increase in extreme drinking. Even police state that this is a difficult law to enforce, because as they crack down more and more, it gets pushed further underground. I think that rather than making the drinking age 21 and having minors drink irresponsibly, we should lower the drinking age and teach them moderation and inform them about the risks or drinking too much, teach them responsibility. (190 words)


homepage.jpgSource: CBS News. "The Debate On Lowering The Drinking Age." CBSNews. CBS Interactive, 01 Mar. 2010. Web. 15 May 2012. <http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18560_162-4813571.html>.


Blog #6: The Plan

In this article, they discuss the ideas of a man named John McCardell Jr, who founded the 'choose responsibility' organization. The goal of his organization allow licensing 18-to-20-year-old young adults to drink after they have completed an exhaustive 42 hours of instruction in the history, chemistry, psychology and sociology of alcohol — which could even include sitting in on an AA session for three hours. Why has this idea never been considered? I mean, in every other country you are considered an adult at 18, you can vote, adopt children, sign up for the army, so why should drinking be treated in a different way? By raising the drinking age it creates this idea that your not really an adult until your 21 and able to drink, so everyone disregards the law and drinks, however they never learn how to do so responsibly. Another idea discussed in the article is a comparison between the U.S and other countries, there is a lower rate of fatalities related to drunk driving in countries that have not raised their drinking age. There are a lot of reasons in his article that fight the idea that 21 is a good drinking age; and simply put, the fact of the matter is that minors are going to drink no matter what the drinking age is, so why should we force them to do it secretly and irresponsibly when there is a smarter alternative? (235 Words)

Source: Cloud, John. "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?" Time. Time, 06 June 2008. Web. 15 May 2012. <http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1812397,00.html>.

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Blog #7: Taboo Topic?

This article made a point that I had not considered before: We repealed the prohibition law long ago, however we still treat alcohol like it ought to be illegal. It is almost as if our country cannot learn from its mistakes. When they made alcohol illegal long ago, everybody knows that it became an underground occurrence. People were still drinking at underground bars, selling alcohol, making alcohol; it is something that is taught in textbooks. So why do they think that the drinking age will make things any different. By making the drinking age 21, we turn it into a big deal. But how would things change if it were just a normal part of life? By making it a big deal in this country, we make it look cool, forbidden, and minors are constantly tempted to do it. More and more people are stating that maybe rather than putting a limit on the drinking age and throwing young adults into the drinking world when they turn 21, we should educate them! In my opinion its a smart idea to require young adults to be educated about the risks and limits of alcohol, and how to be smart about it, rather than making it a taboo subject. (207 words)

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Source: Schlesinger, Robert. "The Drinking Age Debate: Time to Go From 21 to 18, But It's Not an Easy Call." US News. U.S.News & World Report, 23 Feb. 2009. Web. 15 May 2012. <http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/robert-schlesinger/2009/02/23/the-drinking-age-debate-time-to-go-from-21-to-18-but-its-not-an-easy-call>.



Blog #8: Re-thinking Our Approach

This article discusses the statistics and the downside to the higher drinking age, yet again stating that by raising the drinking age, we are pushing the underage drinking problem underground, to a place where we cannot keep an eye on it. Wouldn't it be best if we lowered the drinking age, so that young adults can openly drink and parents and adults are able to monitor it, rather than being completely blocked out from whats going on? The federal government’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that in 2005, the most recent year for which complete figures are available, 85 percent of 20-year-old Americans reported that they had used alcohol. Two out of five said they had binged — that is, consumed five or more drinks at one time — within the previous month. This makes it clear that the law has been put in place, is not working. I don't think that we should keep on trying to enforce a law when it is on that clearly is not being followed. We should start re-thinking our approach on underage drinking. (180 words)


Source: Msnbc.com, Alex Johnson. "Debate on Lower Drinking Age Bubbling up." Msnbc.com. Msnbc Digital Network, 14 Aug. 2007. Web. 15 May 2012. <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20249460/ns/health-addictions/t/debate-lower-drinking-age-bubbling/>.