18 year old Emma Chandler believes the drinking age should be lowered to 18 years old, whereas Beth Wilson, a spokesperson on behalf of the International Drunk Driving Prevention Association (IDDPA) is against this, thinking that the drinking age should stay at 21.
EMMA: For the past 6 months I have been living in Spain. A)____________________________
BETH: For me, there are a lot of reasons why the drinking age in America shouldn’t be lowered. There are so many potential dangers of drinking, which are intensified when a person is young and therefore more irresponsible and immature.
EMMA: I disagree that immaturity is immediately connected with youth. You can’t just make generalisations. There are mature young people and immature old people.
BETH: I see your point. C)____________________________
EMMA: I understand that there are dangers, however I completely disagree when it comes to the idea of drinking in excess. Whether you want to accept it or not, young people are drinking in America regardless of the legality of what they are doing. Can you not see that ‘binge drinking’ is caused by a lack of knowledge about alcohol. I mean, kids these days are constantly being told in the USA that they aren’t allowed to drink, surely the idea of it being forbidden makes us want it more. E)____________________________
BETH: You can’t forget that there is a reason why the drinking age was put as 21 in the first place, with teenagers going through troubles these days such as bullying and coming to terms with who they are in terms of sexuality, beliefs and appearance, alcohol can act as a saviour to them. F)____________________________
EMMA: Let’s be honest, they would be able to turn to drink no matter what. If they have a fake ID, there is bound to be one shop who will accept this and serve them alcohol. I just don’t see why we don’t give teenagers the responsibility they deserve. Yes, drinking can be dangerous but with good education from teachers and parents who can teach the importance of drinking in moderation, drinking can be a fun, legal, social activity. G)____________________________
BETH: I take all of your points on board, if the age limit was lowered, I think it would have to come with the condition of a promise from the government to create tons of campaigns regarding drinking in moderation and the dangers of drinking, especially drunk driving.
SYNONYM or DEFINITION
legally old enough to drink alcohol
the act of consuming, usage amount
to become more intense
driving while intoxicated
intermittent excessive alcohol consumption
without concern or forethought
Figures of speech enable us to say things less literally. Identifying and using a variety of figures of speech will help you understand people’s opinions in the listening and reading passages, but will also enable you to improve your written and spoken English.
Let’s go over some of the main figures of speech: