The Arguments Of The Minimum Legal Drinking Age

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Cody Smith
Ryan Scariano
English 101
November 1, 2014
Minimum Legal Drinking Age There are many things that factor into what the people of today’s society think the Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) should be. This research paper is going to, first, give a little background on alcohol and what has happened in the past. It will then continue to provide evidence from either side of the argument as to whether or not the MLDA should be lowered or kept the same. I believe the minimum legal drinking age should be lowered to eighteen. In 1920, the United State Congress ratified the 18th Amendment prohibiting the production, distribution, and sale of alcohol. The American people widely supported this amendment when it first went into action. The
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Billy Sunday, a popular evangelist, even once said, “The slums will soon be only a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs.” However, even after alcohol was outlawed, it still continued to be consumed by the public. Alcohol consumption did, however, fall sharply at the beginning of the Prohibition. At one point, the amount of alcohol consumption in the U.S. was that of 30 perfect of the pre-Prohibition level. The years following, on the other hand, saw a severe increase in alcohol consumption. Ranging from about 60-70 percent of that of the pre-Prohibition levels. This was due to the fact that people were running organized smuggling trades of alcohol from Canada and elsewhere. Rum-running, or rum-rows, was a term developed to define the smuggling of alcoholic beverages by water. Bootlegging referred to the smuggling of such items over land. The fear, of such actions, led to great and extensive corruption in politicians and law enforcement agencies. Due to the great deal of corruption, it became harder and harder to convict those who violated the 18th Amendment because the public began to support the law less and less.

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