Essay on The Legal Drinking Age At 21

1673 Words Nov 14th, 2016 7 Pages
The Legal Drinking Age in the United States There has been a continuing controversy in the United States on whether the legal drinking age should be lowered to 18 or kept at 21. In the Persuasive Text “Five Reasons we should keep the drinking age at 21,” Karen Arnold-Burger stated the five reasons why people should keep the legal drinking age at 21 in the United States. Karen Arnold-Burger was appointed Judge of the Court of Appeals on January 6, 2011 in Kansas City, Kansas. Karen was cofounder of the Johnson County Stop Underage Drinking Project, Inc. This project is given a $1000 scholarship to students having a positive alcohol and drug-free role model to his or her peers. The Persuasive Text “Five reasons we should keep the drinking age at 21” appeared in Regional Prevention Center on August 26, 2008. Karen Arnold-Burger said it is a good idea to keep the legal drinking age at 21. There were many accidents that kids had caused due to the lower drinking age. Due to serious problems that states faced, Congress enacted the National Minimum Drinking Age Act in 1984, and all states followed and changed the minimum drinking age to 21. The changes of all states led to the first reason to keep the drink age at 21, which is “to save life”. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration credits increasing the drinking age to 21 with saving over 18,000 lives on the nation’s highways between 1975 and 1998. Other studies attribute a 19% decrease in fatal crashes…

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