In the other hand Gordon, John Steele says, “In H. L. Menken’s words, that “somebody somewhere may be happy”—was to cut down on drunk driving. And that has happened in the last three decades. But this good development did not come about because of this law. Instead, it came about because of, 1) a lowering of the standard for impaired driving from a blood alcohol level of .1 percent to .08, 2) greatly increased penalties for drunk driving (in 42 states today, the first conviction for drunk driving results in a suspension of one’s driver’s license) and, 3) a lower per capita consumption of alcohol (the three-martini lunch is, today, largely ancient history)”. This author defends his point of view on the grounds that increasing the age
Alcohol seems to be an important part of daily life for many people. It's a substance associated with having fun amongst friends and family. Fortunately, certain laws help to protect us against the dangers that alcohol potentially brings upon our society. Although a section of the population argues for lowering the drinking age to 18, there have been many benefits with keeping it at 21. The main purpose of setting the Minimum Legal Drinking Age at 21 is to provide safety for the public, which should be the primary responsibility of the government.
Since 1984 there has been a federal act that strongly advises states not to allow citizens under the age of 21 from drinking alcoholic beverages. To this day there are still people arguing about this law, both for and against it. Having a minimum drinking age set at 21 is a popular ongoing debate that has many supporters and disputers. To begin, alcohol was a key topic in debates
In fact, it took a great effort and struggle for both the federal and local government to enforce it. Even after a noticeable 30% drop in alcoholic consumption and a decline in arrests for drunkenness, bootlegging and speakeasies kept increasing and were extremely successful, especially towards the end of the Prohibition, for those who wanted to drink found many creative ways to do so. The purpose of the Prohibition was to promote the nation’s health and hygiene and reduce poverty, the rate of crime, and the amount of deaths. The average workers’ productivity was expected to increase improving the economy and the overall quality of life. However, the opposite occurred.
Alcohol was immensely important to immigrants that came to the United States from Europe in the 1600’s. A few centuries later, specifically 1917, many Americans believed that alcohol consumption was a problem. An eighteenth amendment was assembled and passed by congress which banned production, transport, and marketing of alcohol. Even a drink consisting of over 1 percent alcohol was considered an alcoholic beverage. America was officially a “dry” country.
This crash came so suddenly; no one was prepared or ready for the sudden crash. A powerful group of activists made it their mission and dedicated most of their time to eradicate liquor in an effort to help the country return to simpler times. They thought it could be a step to regain what we lost but little did they know it was one of the biggest legislative backfires in
A poll taken on July 2014 asked the public opinion of US adults for lowering the US legal drinking age from 21 to 18. Approximately 74% of the people opposed the idea, whereas roughly 25% of the people supported the idea ("Public Opinion" 1). The statistics indicate satisfaction among the majority of the people; however, with the current laws many issues arise that must be addressed concerning alcohol use. For starters, studies show an increase of dangerous drinking habits among young adults (Hall 2). In addition, the enforcement of the drinking laws and education on alcohol is insubstantial (Moyse, Fonder 3).
Just 250 feet south, across the state-line in Nebraska, is the town of Whiteclay whose population of twelve residents and four liquor stores sold approximately 1,009 cans of beer per resident, per day (Murphy, 2013). The problem lies in that it is not the residents of Whiteclay consuming these insurmountable amounts of alcohol, but within the inhabitants of Pine Ridge. These businesses capitalize on the alcohol ban across the border by selling inordinate amounts of beer to the residents of Pine Ridge leading to binge drinking, homelessness, violence, and other associated
“Alcohol was seen as the devil’s advocate and banning the substance would help improve the quality of American lives. It caused an explosive growth in crime with more than double the amount of illegal bars and saloons operating than before prohibition.” (Nash, “Organized”). The Eighteenth Amendment was passed with the goal of prohibiting the sale, consumption, and use of alcohol. The Volstead Act was passed to further enhance this Amendment, yet it led to numerous amount of problems such as an increase in organized crime, rise of speakeasies, and health problems.
The country was trying to control America’s alcohol problems by law. The ban on alcohol worsened America’s alcohol problem, in fact, it did quite the opposite of its intention. All caused by prohibition, America had an increased crime rate, death rate, and to top it off, America was losing slathers of money.
Stayton argues that Prohibition has had the opposite of its desired effect on the morals of the nation. Stayton claims that consumption of alcoholic beverages was at a higher point in 1925 than its peak pre-Prohibition. Stayton presents several facts to support his claim, showing a rise in consumption among not just men, but women and children, combined with an increase in moneys spent on alcoholic drinks to the tune of four-fold (p. 195). Furthermore, Stayton cites that the drinks available in the time of Prohibition have a substantially greater alcohol content than those that were served pre-Prohibition. This allows alcohol to be more readily abused and caused an observable increase in public drunkenness.
“Thus came prohibition to the United States. Middle-class Americans—striving to revitalize and preserve American democracy and to usher in a new era of humanity, achievement, and progress—turned to prohibition as one device to achieve their goals.” (Callow) The Prohibition was a time where in the United States the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal from 1920-1933. It was the 18th amendment which prohibited alcohol in the United States and it states, “The manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.”
The drinking age in America has been unchanged over many years but I believe that this is one area of law that should stopped being overlooked as it may be the cause for many unforeseen negative effects. The amount of taxpayers money that is spent on the current law system is outrageous for many reasons, one reason is the number of people in jail or correctional facilities. As we move on to try and better our society in gender inequality and many other areas this is a area that deserves to be targeted as well. One of the ways we could limit the number of people in the law system is ridding the system of unjust laws. Another way is to try to teach people the effects of using alcohol in a responsible manner.
Jean Paul Balzac Ms. Seijo English 10 4 February 2014 Marijuana In 1919, alcohol was made illegal across the United States with the goal to better people’s lives and make society safer. During the fourteen years that the prohibition lasted, crime rate nearly doubled, unemployment rose, and tax revenue decreased. Eventually the ban on alcohol was repealed because of its negative impact on the economy and society. Now fast forward to the year 2015, where a common substance known as marijuana is illegal.
In today’s modern age alcohol has become a way of life, it is evident that the majority of the countries throughout the world accept alcohol as an antidepressant that can be fun and can take the edge off activities, many people die from it each year. Consequently, these deaths are only one of the many reasons why alcohol should be banned. As a result, Alcohol can cause cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic lung disease and diabetes in moderate drinkers. Not only does drinking have a negative effect on your body if too much is consumed on occasions it can also lead to deadly accidents from being impaired while driving. Stricter laws should be enforced on the consumption of alcohol.