Topic: (Pro) Lowering drinking age to 18Purpose of Speech: To prove that the 21 age drinking restriction isineffective, unnecessary, and is not a long-term solution to the nation’sdrinking problem.Thesis Statement: The federal law on drinking restriction at age 21 isineffective, unnecessary, and is not a long-term solution to the nation’sdrinking problem.Intro:Attention getter: We have a dysfunctional relationship with alcohol.Cred: I’m sure most of the teenagers in this room such as myself knowmore than a couple of our friends who have had an alcoholic drink before.And it shouldn’t be surprising. Alcohol is “trendy”. It’s a form of rebellionTie to Audience: As an average, everyday teenager in America, I can sayfrom experience that this law hasn’t worked at all in stopping drinking. A lotof the kids I know continue to drink regardless of legal restrictions, whether it’s for religious or social reasons.First Main Point: First of all, I do not dispute that evidence that bingedrinking in teens is a serious problem that poses significant consequencesto their health.Subpoint A: Alcohol and its effects are a “leading cause of death”among teenagers, often in the form of drunk driving.
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Subpoint 1: Every year, more than 17 hundred college students arekilled in the US due to alcohol-related injuries
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Subpoint 2: According to national surveys conducted by the USGovt, someone dies from alcohol poisoning nearly every weekThese side effects are almost 100% preventable,