Adolescent Drinking : From The Article, Prohibition, On History

2548 Words Mar 18th, 2016 11 Pages
Brooke Spillers
Honors English
Period Two
18 March 2016
Adolescent Drinking From the article, “Prohibition” on history.com, drinking alcohol was once prohibited in the United States during the 1920s up until 1933. The United States drinking age is now twenty-one but there is controversy of lowering the drinking age to eighteen. There are so many aspects in changing this law. Are they mature enough, are their brains fully developed, and what about accessibility? Those are just a few thoughts on this hot topic. According to the article, “Reagan Signs Bill to Push Legal Drinking Age to 21” by Storer Rowley, in 1984 President Reagan signed a bill that changed all states’ drinking age to twenty-one. Reagan found that in many states that had previously switched from a lower age to the twenty-one, acquired lower rates of death caused from driving (1). Just a few years difference in the age, but there was a dramatic amount of lives being saved. Teens have a higher tolerance to alcohol, even if they have never had a drink. With have a higher tolerance, results in more drinking, and leads to making foolish decisions. Despite being a legal adult at the age of eighteen by law, individuals at this age still lack the overall maturity to be knowledgeable about the consequences of their reckless actions when drinking alcohol. Alcohol can take a huge toll on adolescent brains as well. In the article, “Teen Drinking May Cause Irreversible Brain Damage” the reader is told that Susan Tapert…

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