Pros And Cons Of Lowering The Drinking Age

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P.J. O 'Rourke said it best when he said, "Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we 're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn 't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power." Since 1984, every state in the United States has raised the drinking age from 18 to 21 in an attempt to control 18-21 year-olds. This writer disagrees with the law. In this country once a man or a woman turns 18, he or she is considered an adult. If an 18 year-old is an adult, then he or she should have the right to consume alcohol. The United States government believes that 18 year-olds can fight and die for this country and its citizens ' freedoms. Soldiers are expected to defend the U.S. Constitution at all costs. These soldiers are expected to follow their officers ' commands. They are expected to be loyal, dutiful, respectful, courageous, selfless, have integrity, and honor when serving and when at home. If we, as a nation, have determined that a soldier can give his or her life for his or her country at 18, then we need to rethink our liquor laws. Either raise the age of enlistment to 21 or allow 18 year-olds to have a beer. Soldiers should have the right to drink. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving the reason the minimum alcohol drinking age is 21 is because alcohol is known to cause brain damage, alcohol poisoning, and cause deaths when driving intoxicated. In response to
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