Blog Post 10

Well after a weeks hiatus I am back with an update on my completed research.  As you all know my research topic is the legal drinking age of twenty-one and whether or not it should remain the same, be raised, or be lowered.  For our second essay we had to come up with ten to twelve sources related to our topic that we created annotative bibliographies for. As I have researched the topic in the past not only did I have a base knowledge about the subject but also a few sources to start with.  These sources led me to new and fresh sources like those that I mentioned two weeks ago: Our Thinking About Drinking, and Choose Responsibility.  Upon further digging into Choose Responsibility, I found out that the true road block in considering new legislation for lowering the drinking age is a federal law that states that an state that has a legal drinking age below the age of 21 will lose ten percent of its federal highway appropriations.  For some states this could be tens of millions of dollars.  So while there are multiple organizations with valid alternatives to curb underage drinking as well as over a hundred college presidents and chancellors in support of a change there can really be no change unless the government decides to alter this legislation.  My research has also shown me that while I have research the topic prior to now and that it is very closely related to my field of experience (roughly nine years) there is still plenty that can be learned.

Until next week!

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Blog Post 8

This week’s blog post follows the trend of last weeks. To discuss our research process as it progresses. Unfortunately I have not been able to accomplish as much research as I would have like to have done. However I did accumulate about five sources for a computer lab session that I had emailed to me. Today I began going through one.  At first I thought that is was going to be a dead end. I could not remember exactly what the article was about and it was within a magazine.  I keep going through the articles though until I finally came across the article. It discussed how the Brown – Forman group created a website Our Thinking About Drinking. This website discusses multiple issues related to alcohol including drinking and driving, alcohol and health, over consumption, marketing, and youth and alcohol.  Being that my research question is about the drinking age, I clicked on the link youth and alcohol. This led to a main page discussing why this area of research was important with two sub sections; underage drinking, and the drinking age.  I began looking at the research that they had compiled for the drinking age and was immediately impressed. Not only do they analyze United States’ policies but other countries as well while comparing and contrasting.   The research shows that the average legal drinking age around the world is 18 years old and that the United States is in the higher range as well as Indonesia and Micronesia.  I also learned that in 2008 about 100 universities moved for the drinking age to be lowered to 18, due to the belief that the mixture of underage and of age students on campus fostered binge drinking.  The last bit of information that I would like to include is that they mentioned the Choose Responsibility organization.  This organization has the belief that the drinking age could be lowered as long as there was increased education tied to licensing, much like a drivers license.  This particular information really interested me because I have actually written an argument much like this in the past and was going to incorporate it into my final research paper.  Until next week!