MGP (drinking age)

Why It should be 18

Dear reader/ preface


This website is about alcohol and why it should be changed down to 18. Throughout this website many points will be made about why the drinking age should be changed. Some examples used are visual, narrative/expository essay research connections and of course everything is cited. Enjoy

Annotated bibliography

1. "Alcohol & Your Health." Alcohol & Your Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.


The purpose of me using this site was mostly for statistics. It helped by showing statistics for ages, genders and more. They are very helpful and have credibility throughout the web. So in summary I got statistics.




2."Fact Sheets - Alcohol Use and Your Health." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 07 Nov. 2014. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.


This site was very good for more statistics showing the amount of parents raising a child and the alcohol underage drinking percentage. It helped by showing many more statistics. This site is also very credible and finally this site helped for hard facts and statistics.



3.Bad Santa. Dir. Terry. Zwigoff. 2003. DVD.


Now, at first this source may seem ridiculous but stay with me. The purpose was to get a point of view through an alcoholic and it actually helped by showing how the liquor distorts how the main character(Billy Bob Thorton). This movie was made by a legitimate movie company so it has credibility and the summary was it showed one point of view.



4. 21 and over. Dir. John Lucas. Perf. Miles Teller. 2013. DVD.


If you haven't found out yet I have some weird ways of getting answers. The purpose of watching this was to get a second opinion on the first movie and/or another point of view. This helped show that drinking isn't all bad and that sometimes it can go for the better. Once again this Movie was made by a credible movie source showing it is valid and in summary it provided a point of view.



5.Okrent, Daniel. Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.



The purpose of this book is to better inform me on the prohibition. This helped a lot by showing me how long the prohibition lasted, some overviews, after effects, and more. This book was very informative and in short told about the prohibition.



6.Gately, Lain. Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.



This is also a Book, the purpose for which is to show the development/history of alcohol. This book helps me by showing how alcohol has been played/evolved in society overtime. This has many facts and in short tells the chronology of alcohol.



7. "Prohibition." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.



The purpose of this website is to give some fun facts rather than just statistics. This website helps by showing an overview of alcohol that sparks interests in other categories like the prohibition. This website has lots of online credibility and in short helps inspire and give information.


8."Prohibition." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.



The purpose of this final citation/ website is to help diversify my information and if different would lead to fact checking. This website was very helpful and showed me a great many things about the prohibition. This was a very credible website history.com and in short tells a lot about the prohibition.

Expository element

Alcohol: a timeless tale of comedy and drama

Alcohol, it has been around since man. It’s been with people through good times and bad. It has helped to build empires and destroy them. It has and always will be present in people’s lives. So why should the drinking age be moved back to 18? Here is why.

For one, up until 1986 the drinking age was 18. But, since wrecks statistics were getting worse the government threatened every state nationwide that if they did not change drinking age to 21 they would lose their road funding’s. By 1988 every state had the drinking age to 21. So for one the government making a threat to all 50 states is not a reason for changing the drinking age in the first place. Another reason not to change the drinking age is that statistics can be slanted any which way, for instance by the standards that liquor was bad and causing wrecks you could also say that the years smoking was allowed on planes we put a man on a moon so why not allow everyone to smoke on planes?

My next thought is that lowering the drinking age would lower car accidents. The reason for that thought is simple, this goes back to basic man sociology, if you tell someone not to do something the more they will want to do what you tell them not to. Since the drinking age got changed to 21 underage has severely risen and why do you think that is? But if we were to change the age back to 18 people would be more careful drinkers because with the lowering of the drinking age people would feel responsible like the government was putting less leashes on them and therefore people would want to prove that they are responsible and not drink and drive. So in turn lowering the drinking age would lower car accidents.

So in conclusion the drinking age should be lowered to 18. For many reasons but some of the main ones are because the government threatening the U.S.A. is not a reason to change the drinking age. Also because with the lowering of the drinking age would bring some of the trust lost between the people and the government over time. That is why the government should lower the drinking age to 18.

Narrative Element

Cheers: A story of truth and perspective


The year is 1921 and alcohol has been banned for just less than 1 year. George Remus is a lawyer who has a love for money and decides to exploit the prohibition for personal gain. Remus gets alcohol for "medical purposes" then orders people to hijack alcohol suppliers to get even more. In less than 3 years Remus makes over $40 million. He gets caught but pleads temporary insanity and gets off with a much lighter sentence. After getting out he kills his wife for getting together with a federal agent. That isn’t the only example. Next is Al Capone.

The year is 1927 and there is a man by the name of Al Capone who is deep in the life of crime. Where did it get started? A bad childhood maybe or just being poor but either way it’s 1927 and he went from being a kid with a hard childhood to a man who is in too extortion, illegal liquor sales and even murder. Interesting isn’t it? Starting with a small side business of just selling liquor to killing people and many more things. Like many old timey criminals he may have been smart but in 1929 gets arrested on tax evasion. Sad end to a run of questionably the best gangster of all time.

Finally is my conclusion. Before the prohibition some people drank heavy, some drank light, and some didn’t drink at all but when the government took away the legality of liquor people who hadn’t done it were trying it and it all goes back to human psychology of wanting to eat from the forbidden fruit when it’s the one thing you can’t. So in short if we change the drinking age back to 18 people will be less tempted to drink underage, and when they are allowed to drink will feel that the “big brother” is trusting them and not making them wait till 21 and in turn have less drinking and driving.


Poetry

Poetry


Beer caps all over the floor,


Every time I pick them up there seems to be more and more,


I got a tear going down my left cheek,


Cause I hate to see you this weak,


But still I'm with you till the end,


Sincerely yours T.L,


your #1 friend.



So why make the age 18 when it's still bad at 21?


Because everyone has the right to have fun,


No matter who you are red, white, black or blue,


The government doesn't dictate what is you,


So you do you,


Don't worry about the boys in blue,


One day it'll all be good again,


Like the prohibition every dumb thing must come to an end,


So why should the drinking age be changed to 18?


To restore the gap between sea and sea.


choice

for choice a S.W.O.T. was used. S.W.O.T. stands for strengths, weaknesses,opportunities, and threats. it is a common thing used in business and a creative element for choice.

Visual

For visual there is a collage used taking many picture to create a whole new meaning. For this collage it shows 2 ways a government portrays a situation and how it usually ends up rather than it's depicted

research connections

Expository, what is expository? Expository is using facts to convey a point. My expository essay used two main points. Point one, the fact that the reason the drinking age got changed to 21 "is because of a nationwide threat" and two, if the age were to get brought down Americans as a whole would feel more self responsibility. Those are the two main points of the expository essay and elemental evidence as a whole is just the fact that alcohol isn't bad people who will make mistakes at 18 will make them at 21 as well. One of the sites used in the expository essay is

"Fact Sheets - Alcohol Use and Your Health." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 07 Nov. 2014. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.

This site was very good for more statistics showing the amount of parents raising a child and the alcohol underage drinking percentage. It helped by showing many more statistics. This site is also very credible and finally this site helped for hard facts and statistics.


Next is the narrative essay. A narrative essay uses a story to convey a point. For the narrative essay There were also a couple main points. As an elemental whole prohibition examples were used to convey points. For textual evidence what was used was a famous lawyer turned alcohol bootlegger who made lots of money off selling alcohol. The point of the story was to show adults can make and do the same things as children there is no point telling society you must be twenty one,when thirty year olds are making dumb mistakes too. A source used for the narrative essay is Okrent, Daniel. Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

The purpose of this book is to better inform me on the prohibition. This helped a lot by showing me how long the prohibition lasted, some overviews, after effects, and more. This book was very informative and in short told about the prohibition.


Next is the poem. The poem used was cleverly made, with a rhyming scheme rather than just a syllable scheme such as a haiku. As an elemental whole Rhyme scheme and syllable pairing. For textual evidence stories from reality were used and just thoughts on the subject in general. For research on the poem this is one of the links used.Gately, Lain. Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.This is also a Book, the purpose for which is to show the development/history of alcohol. This book helps me by showing how alcohol has been played/evolved in society overtime. This has many facts and in short tells the chronology of alcohol.


Next is visual element. The visual element used is simple yet meaningful. The picture shows two roads, each showing how the government portrays both situations versus the roads they often lead to. For elemental evidence I have used examples then compiled photos into a collage giving the photos a whole new meaning. For textual evidence stories were used to get ideas for how to display the photos. A source used for this is "Prohibition." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.The purpose of this final citation/ website is to help diversify my information and if different would lead to fact checking. This website was very helpful and showed me a great many things about the prohibition. This was a very credible website history.com and in short tells a lot about the prohibition.


Finally is choice element. For my choice element a S.W.O.T. was used. S.W.O.T. Stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.S.W.O.T. Was chosen because it is unique, takes time and shows effort. For elemental evidence S.W.O.T. Is used in many companies. For textual evidence a lot of corporate business books were used. A source is Gately, Lain. Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. This is also a Book, the purpose for which is to show the development/history of alcohol. This book helps me by showing how alcohol has been played/evolved in society overtime. This has many facts and in short tells the chronology of alcohol.


Work Cited

1. "Alcohol & Your Health." Alcohol & Your Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.


2.Bad Santa. Dir. Terry. Zwigoff. 2003. DVD.


3."Fact Sheets - Alcohol Use and Your Health." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 07 Nov. 2014. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.


4.Gately, Lain. Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.


5.Okrent, Daniel. Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.


6."Prohibition." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.

7. "Prohibition." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.


8. 21 and over. Dir. John Lucas. Perf. Miles Teller. 2013. DVD.