The Drinking Age Should Be Abolished Essay — страница 3

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fundamental distinction to be made. Parents aren?t telling their children ?don?t do drugs? while snorting lines of cocaine at social gatherings like adults are notorious for doing with alcohol (although there are exceptions). Kids see ads on TV depicting young, attractive twenty-something?s enjoying a night of alcohol with friends, and their favorite sporting events are sponsored by Budweiser and Coors Light. Alcohol is unique in the respect that it is so prevalent in American culture, yet so forbidden until that magic birthday of freedom. Therefore alcohol must be dealt with differently than substances illegal to everyone. A sudden change in the law is not the answer. This would lead to a shock, which in turn would increase binge drinking and alcohol-related deaths among teens.

First the laws regarding drunk driving must be more strictly enforced. This would set a precedent against alcohol endangering the lives of others, and promote responsible drinking. Next taxes on alcohol should be increased to make ?getting wasted? simply uneconomical. This would promote drinking in small quantities, just for the social enjoyment aspect of alcohol. Finally, the government should fund campaigns targeted at teens, which encourage mature uses of alcohol. These campaigns can be launched through television ads and in schools, and should also include information on how to identify possible alcohol poisoning and what measures to take in a possible case. Once kids are exposed to the idea that they can handle alcohol as long as they are careful, the laws should then be

changed. To avoid a teenage free-for-all with alcohol, the drinking age should be decreased yearly, so that by the end of twenty one years there will be no laws in place restricting alcohol. This will put the power of discretion and the freedom we cherish in America, back in to the hands of the citizens. Greater pride for our liberties and accountability of the individual will be the final reward. 350