The Importance Of Drinking Age Law In The United States

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In the United States when a person reaches eighteen they are considered an adult in the eyes of the law. Being an adult in the eyes of the law means mature enough to vote, buy cigarettes, buy property, even sign up for the Army. The law says an eighteen-year old is mature enough to make life-alternating choices, but not yet ready to drink alcohol. In the united states there are different rules for different ages, but when a person turns eight-teen they typically move out of their parents house and begin to more activity socialize with their peer group. The typical eighteen year old had at least one friend who is twenty-one, as a two year age difference is hardly significant. The issue with the drinking law is it forces citizens in the same social group to have different laws. The drinking age law should be amended to state eighteen as the end all be all adult -meaning all rights are granted at eighteen. There are many reasons this change is necessary including, the effect the drinking age has on dui’s, the level of significance of other rights granted at eighteen compared to the drinking law, and the society expectations. The drinking age was…show more content…
When a freshman (typically age 18) enters college it is accepted, even assumed that they will consume alcohol. The flaw with this thinking is alcohol under the age of twenty-one is illegal. The blatant lack of respect for the drinking age causes young people to question other laws. This desensitize a person to breaking the law, it makes it appear ok to pick and choice laws. A law has to be respected to be followed. While there are ever-present consequences to underage drinking, the people who are effected by the law don’t feel like they are committing a crime while engaging in underage drinking. If the majority of those effected by the law don’t feel guilty, the law losses it’s

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