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Alcohol a colorless volatile pungent liquid it can be burned as fuel is used in industry and medicine and is the intoxicating element of whiskey wine beer and other fermented or distilled liquors has been a part of American culture and society since the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock Websters New World College Dictionary Humankind has had a relationship with beverage alcohol for over 6000 years Hanson In My Opinion Its Better to Teach Safe Use of Alcohol Alcoholic drinks are a part of our meals festivities and social interactions Prior to 1987 the legal age to purchase and consume alcohol varied from state to state but in July of 1987 the minimum purchase age became 21 in all states This change was justified by the concern over the alarming number of alcohol related automobile accidents and fatalities In 1998 the Transportation Department reported that there were 15935 fatalities in which alcohol was involved in the crash Wald At a School the Unbelted Go Unfed While the seriousness of driving under the influence cannot be ignored the means by which the government chooses to attempt to remedy it is distasteful The institution of a blanket policy that ignores the root of the problem will never proscribe unwanted behavior The governments choice to prohibit the consumption of alcohol by individuals under the age of 21 is an example of poorly thought out legislation and should be revised to make the drinking age 18 Argument 1 The Instituted Drinking Age is Arbitrary Inconsistent With Its Reasoning Whereas it is agreed that young children should not consume alcoholic beverages in choosing an age for regulation the process should not be arbitrary The concept that a 20-year-old goes to sleep the night before their birthday and suddenly awakens the next morning with a newfound sense of responsibility is absurd The fact that you reach legal drinking age on your 21st birthday does not automatically qualify you
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