The article, “Drinking Under 21 Can Negatively Impact One’s Health” by Stephanie Turner, focuses on the consequences of underage drinking. At the beginning of the article, Turner states that the frontal part of our brain are undeveloped in our teenage years. Also, consuming alcohol can impact your hippocampus which is where you handle your memory and learning. Therefore, that is why underage drinking can affect your education. At the end of the article, Turner provides solutions to underage drinking such as seeking professional medical help or going to support groups. This source will be useful to us because it is located on the “SIRS” database, which is reliable, and it provides reasons on why some would believe the legal drinking age is perfect where it is right now.
In the article, “Lowering the Legal Drinking Age: An Analysis of the Pros and Cons” by The Speak Up Coalition, discusses why lowering the drinking age and keeping the age the same have their own downfalls and benefits. The first thing the article mentions is why there are legal ages set, and they are set to protect everyone. Irresponsible drinking and accidents caused by alcohol consumption are still going to happen even if the age is lowered or set higher. Also, there are many other countries that have very low drinking ages and the United States still experiences the same number of alcohol-related fatalities as them. Finally, the author states the reasons about why lowering the legal drinking age would be beneficial and why keeping it the same would be beneficial. The main reason as to why one might lower the legal drinking age is because in their teenage years, teenagers are making their own choices and if they want to decide to drink, they should be able to suffer the consequences. The main reason for keeping the law the same is because alcohol will have a big impact on a student’s performance in school. This source will prove very useful as we can use it on whichever side we get. And, it will help us make counterclaims and be aware of the “other side’s” argument. As this source has both pros and cons, it is most likely unbiased.
In the article, “Age 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a government website, the author views the the consequences of underage drinking. After minimum drinking ages in all states were set higher, the amount of people that were underage drinking went down by almost 20%. Later in the article the author discussing consequences of underage drinking and lowering the drinking age. Underage drinking is the cause for 4,300 deaths in the United States and more than 189,000 emergency department visits for people under the age of 21 were linked to drinking and alcohol. Underage drinking is linked to thoughts about suicide and violence and also failure for good performance in school. This source will be very useful because, as a government agency, there is no bias in it; just facts that we can use to make our argument stronger and more believable to the audience.
“Why Colleges Should Support A Lower Drinking Age,” an article by Cavalier Daily, points out that by lowering the legal drinking age to 18, more college students would drink out in the open making students more likely to drink less. Also, college advisors would be able to keep a watchful eye over students as they drink. The Cavalier Daily also says that if colleges lowered their legal drinking age to 18, the colleges would be less liable for accidents that occurred on their campus. Overall, Cavalier Daily argues that having the legal drinking age at 21 is pointless and should be lowered to age 18. This article is located on the “SIRS Database,” so this is a reliable source. This article supports a lower drinking age, but supports their argument with facts.
The article, “Lower the Drinking Age, Lower the Risk” by Megan Abba, shows why the legal drinking age should be lowered. She argues that there is no point to a law keeping college students from drinking, so why have that law? Also, the author says that lowering the drinking age would result in better drinking habits as they would not feel the need to drink behind closed doors. Instead, college students would drink in public where staff and police would be able to monitor the situation. This article was written by a 21 year-old who had very recently experienced the negative effects of this law. Therefore, the article is biased towards the side of lowering the drinking age, but facts are supported. Also, it is useful to see thoughts from someone who has been experiencing this law first-hand.
In the article, “Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?” by ProCon.org, the author discusses the arguments of those who believe the legal drinking age in the United States should be lowered and those who think that the legal drinking age should be kept the same. The “pro” side states that by being a legal adult at 18, 18 year-olds in the United States should have the right to decide if they should consume alcohol or not. It also discusses the countries in which the legal drinking age is at 18, there are less drunk driving accidents. They also say that by lowering the age, it would decrease the “thrill” of breaking the law. On the “con” side, the author says that it would be “medically irresponsible” to allow more people to drink legally as alcohol consumption has many dangers. They also say that lowering the drinking age would allow even younger kids to have easier access to alcohol. This article was found on a website that is dedicated to drinking and it provides many statistics for pros and cons on the drinking age. Therefore, it will be useful when creating counter-claims.