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Hello everyone. It is currently 1:37 AM in my time zone. The tutor who was previously writing this paper missed my midnight deadline, and sent me an essay that was the opposite of what my prompt wanted me to argue. So here I am requesting another tutor to complete the assignment for me which I will then have to beg my professor to accept. Please understand that I am on a time crunch. Your help will be greatly appreciated.The instructions are simple:The essay has to be between 550-650 words. Minimum 5 paragraphs. Written in clear and concise sentences. Defend the topic mentioned (Argue why deadbeat dads SHOULD be put in jail) and have at least one counterargument.The essay must have quotes from reputable articles. Single spaced but MLA format otherwise in regards to citations. Keep in mind this is a Philosophy 5 English class and these type of papers are short and to the point so don’t make the intro or conclusion too long. Below I will attach an essay I’ve written for this class and gotten an A on so please read it first to get a feel for what this professor likes. Thank you! 🙂

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Underage Drinking
Mariam Nerses
While turning 18 can be an exciting milestone for teenagers, it comes with a great deal of
responsibility. It also comes with the label: “adult”. However, being an adult is more than just an
age number. One must be mature and able to make rational decisions in order to be given respect
and trust. To what extent is an 18 year considered an adult? They still have the word teen in their
age, therefore they are still growing and learning. Their first few years as an “adult” should not
be a reason for them to start drinking and frankly, it would not be responsible. The drinking age
should not be lowered from 21 to 18, because it can interfere with the growth of an adolescent
brain, increase the rate of crimes and drunk driving, and allow kids younger than 18 to have
easier access to alcohol.
An 18 year old’s brain is still developing and alcohol consumption could endanger its full
potential. Studies have been done over the years to determine whether the effects of alcohol vary
on the adult brain versus the teenage brain. Aaron White, who is an assistant research professor
at Duke University states that “there is no doubt about it now: there are long-term cognitive
consequences to excessive drinking of alcohol in adolescence,” (Butler). Their studies found that
drinking at an early age causes cellular damage in the forebrain and the hippocampus, which can
hinder learning and memory. Furthermore, its damage to the forebrain can lead to impulsive
decisions and a lack of remorse (Butler). There should be no need to lower the drinking age
considering it is proven to be physically harmful and risks the impairing of decision making.
Because the adolescent brain is not fully developed at the age of 18, drinking at this age can
have negative consequences associated with crime, traffic accidents, and even unintended
pregnancy. The intoxicated mind of a teenager is not the best at making rational decisions.
Lowering the drinking age can lead to a shocking increase of 18% in traffic fatalities and can be
avoided if kept at 21. (Grossman, Saffer). The lack of responsibility at the age of 18 is the reason
why lowering the drinking age was not successful when experimented in Vietnam. Furthermore,
it has been proven that the majority of arrests for violent and minor arrests reach a peak between
the ages of 21 to 23, which happens to be the age when most people start drinking (Watson). So,
why take a risk lowering the age at which crimes begin to escalate? It is not smart and will put
the generations to come in danger.
If the legal drinking age is lowered, illegal drinking will pick up at a much faster rate with the
youth. Alcohol is already easily accessible to minors, whether it is supplied by parents or by
friends over the age of 21. Now, if the drinking age was lowered to 18, “easy access” would be
an understatement describing the uncontrollable drinking that would occur at ages as low as 13.
Research such as a” 2005 American Medical Association (AMA) survey of teens age 13 to 18
found that minors can easily obtain alcohol, often from family or friends (Alcohol Access). Teen
drinking will be normalized if the age is lowered, as it is amongst those nearing the age of 21.
Reducing the drinking age has proven to be harmful not only to the growing adolescent brain
but it also poses a threat to decision making and can have negative consequences on the youth.
It is clear that reducing the drinking age has no benefits, other than the unnecessary gratification
that an “adult” can hold on to. Alcohol consumption has negative long term effects on learning
and memory and can impair rational judgment when it comes to criminal behavior. Lastly, this is
all a bad influence on the younger generation and the last thing we should be doing is
normalizing underage drinking. We can do better.
Butler, K. (2006). “The Grim Neurology of Teenage Drinking.” In The New York Times
Grossman, M.; Saffer, H. (1987). “Drinking Age Laws and Highway Mortality Rates: Cause and
Effect.” In The Wiley Online Library
“Alcohol Access.” In Administrative Office of the Courts
Watson, T. (2015). “Lowering the Drinking Age Has Serious Consequences.” In The New York

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