The main idea of our project is whether the drinking age should be lowered from age 21 to age 18. We’ve focused our presentation on the policy side of this issue, forming these questions;
- Is lowering the drinking age logistically possible? Is there a point in lowering it?
- Is the drinking age limit law effective? Will the law actually work?
- What’s the big difference between 18 and 21? Why were these numbers of age picked?
- What was more weight: Individual rights to drink or public health and safety?
We plan on introducing this project with a humorous drinking clip…because I’m sure there are some out there, especially in films (channeling The Hangover…) and then clearly presenting the question: should the drinking age be lowered to 18? I am researching whether lowering the age is actually effective. I will approach this in a statistical and evidence based manner as well as with input from students via interviews. In terms of evidence, I will research studies that have been done, for example, here is a study: http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/supportingresearch/journal/wagenaar.aspx that focuses on the effectiveness of the drinking age on stopping alcohol-related problems. This study: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpcd/chp/cdrr/alcohol/pdf/lowerthedrinkingage.pdf talks about whether the drinking age law is effective in stopping underage binge-drinking. We will gather the data and present it in a visually pleasing and engaging way for the audience, such as creating our own graphs to represent the data and visuals like those seen in Supersize Me. Prezi will aid in this engagement of visuals.