Why Should We Keep The Legal Drinking Age At 21 Essay

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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 …show more content…
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 involving young drivers to the return to 21, for saving approximately 1,000 young lives each year.” She gave evidence to prove how keeping the legal drinking age at 21 saves more life than before. I think keeping the legal drinking age at 21 did help save more life than ever because those under 21 could not manage themselves after they are …show more content…
McCardell Jr is president emeritus of Middlebury College. McCardell found a

nonprofit organization named Choose Responsibility, which is to engage the public in informed and dispassionate debate about the effects of legislation mandating a legal drinking age of 21. The Persuasive Text “Let them drink at 18, with a learner’s permit” appeared on the New
York Times on May 28, 2012. In the Persuasive Text, John M. McCardell Jr illustrated some bullet points that emphasized his opinion on the legal drinking age. He said that “alcohol-related traffic have declined drastically, but not because of the change in drinking age.” Alcohol-related traffic have changed due to the public education that people are educated on the risks of driving and drinking. People are learned how they need to control their ability to save more lives in all ages, not only those under 18. Instead of providing drivers education and issuing a learners permit with the acknowledging that learning to drive are safety on traffic, he suggested that people should have a bigger goal to prepare those under 21 to have a responsible decisions about

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