Drinking Responsibilities: At What Price?

by cynthiachu on November 6, 2013 - 11:21pm

 

Alcohol has been consumed since the dawn of time for many purposes. For example, in the Middle Ages, alcohol was often used to cure some diseases. Now, in a society like ours, drinking alcohol has been a common and popular daily activity with time with much more different mean, such as a way of celebrating with friends and family. In fact, partying is one of the main reasons why alcohol drinking has been so popularized. Since the use of this drug substance has became more popular among youth, I feel pleased to know that there are still organizations that can provide information concerning alcohol drinking to the public in order to prevent and ‘’discourage’’ the people from abusing alcohol since it can be harmful for one.

In the article Alcohol Alert, it shares the damages alcohol can inflict to people’s brain. What the author of this article tries to convey is the harm caused by alcohol not only at short term (which all people acknowledge of) but the harm it has on the brain at long term. For example, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that alcohol can, with time, affect more than the brain itself. Indeed, alcohol has been claimed to cause the subject to experience sleeping and coordination problems, drastic changes of personality and mood, feelings of anxiety and depression, memory lapses, liver disease, etc. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Number 63)

Also, some people, in response to the trend of popularity of alcohol, people have tried to find ways to prevent this abuse of alcohol and its negative outputs. In the article of Gene Ford, the author tries to convey the readers that the minimum drinking age should be lowered to 19 instead of 21 in the United States. In fact, he claims that the restricted youth drinking laws has a connection with drinking-related problems among young people. Therefore, he claims that the earlier the government introduce drinking to people at a young age, the more probable are the chances to reduce the alcohol abuse among young people and develop drinking responsibilities. (Ford)

I wanted to write about these two articles because both of them provided information towards alcohol and proposed arguments that went along the fact that alcohol should not be abused. The first article supported its position on the fact that alcohol has harmful effects on people whereas the second one proposed ways to prevent abuse of it. However, despite the proximity of the article’s topic, the two articles are actually indirectly incompatible. In fact, in the Ford’s article, he claims that lowering the drinking age in the United States because it can reduce the chances of alcohol abuse among youth. However, this procedure would suggest to legally give the accessibility of alcohol to people at a younger age. As a matter of fact, this would also imply that the young people would be more easily exposed to the negative effects of alcohol. Maybe what Ford proposes might increase the drinking responsibility of more people and prevent some alcohol abuse, but I certainly do not think that it is worth the risks of putting the health of the next generations in the hand of some theory.

 

Annotated Bibliography

Ford, Gene. "Why We Should Lower the Drinking Age to 19." Alcohol: Problems and Solutions. SUNY Potsdam, n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2013.

Gene Ford has written and published many books and founded many magazines on the topic of drinking and the benefits of its moderate consumption. The source comes from a site that is hosted by David J. Hanson who is a Doctor of Philosophy and by Professor Emeritus of Sociology of the State University of New York at Potsdam. This source is relevant to my article because it has for topic alcohol and it shares solutions to prevent alcohol abuse, which is one of aspects of my article.

http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/YouthIssues/1046348192.html#.UnpsnPmfgmg

 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. "Alcohol Alert." ALCOHOL'S DAMAGING EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Oct. 2004. Web. 06 Nov. 2013.

The source is from the website National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which is one of the 27 institutes and centers of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which is the medical research agency of the United States. The website is a figure of authority (from government) and provides information on alcohol and its negative effects on consumers, which supports one of the reasons why alcohol are harmful and should not be abused.

http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa63/aa63.htm

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