English Composition I
21 October 2012
Are We Old Enough To Drink?
As we all know today, you have to be twenty-one years old to consume alcohol; even though there is a limit to how much one can consume while operating a motorized vehicle. Because of alcohol, the government makes an excise tax on it, therefore, making monetary profits. It’s a win-win situation for both parties. On a side note, the law states you are considered an adult at the age of eighteen. So, why can an eighteen year old adult buy tobacco, but not alcohol? That is a question brought upon today by the young generation.
Alcoholic beverages are considered a psychoactive drug and one of the oldest recreational drugs used which has a depressant effect. It is divided into three general classes of beers, wines, and spirits-all by fermentation. In most countries, while they are legally consumed, there are laws regulating the production, sale, and consumption. For example, the minimum age which a person can buy or drink which varies. When having a high blood alcohol content, it means drunkenness; reducing attention and slowing your reacting speed. It can also be addictive.
Alcohol, although a beverage, had multiple uses. For places of poor public sanitation, the consumption of alcohol was a way to avoid water-borne diseases such as cholera. Alcohol kills bacteria. Also, the alcohol content allowed the beverages to be stored for months, sometimes years. This way alone, they were kept along ships as an important source for hydration, during long voyages. As for cold temperatures in areas, some beverages such as vodka was a way to keep the body warm; It is a quickly absorbed source of food energy and it dilates peripheral blood vessels. In addition, it has been drunk around the world since ancient times for their relaxant, euphoric, and putative aphrodisiac effects as well (Wikipedia). When we talk about longevity, moderate drinkers live...