Why The Drinking Age Should Be Lowered To 18

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Should the United States lower the legal drinking age, which is now twenty-one, to a more reasonable age, such as eighteen. The legal drinking age is unjust and unfair. Therefore, it should be lowered to eighteen to make all adults equal. Individuals often compare drinking with unsuccessfulness and/or recklessness, and that is not the case at all. Overtime there have been millions of successful and intelligent people that commonly consumed alcohol. Some of these individuals include; Mark Twain, Stephen King, and our founding father Benjamin Franklin. Underage drinking is a major topic of discussion across the United States; however, many believe that the drinking age should be lowered to eighteen. Those individuals feel this way due to the…show more content…
Military and put their lives on the line, but still cannot purchase an alcoholic beverage. When in the military the legal drinking age is the same as the state they are located in, but it was not always like this. In the article “Drinking Age in the Military” it was stated that, “In the mid-80s, advocacy groups, such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunken Drivers) lobbied Congress to change this. Federal law (United States Code, Title 10, Section 2683) requires military installation commanders to adopt the same drinking age as the state the military base is located in” (Powers). Most individuals would agree that once you join the military you have a lot more responsibilities and become more mature. It is always risky going into the military because anything could truly happen, but if someone is legally an adult and willing to die for other citizens lives, then that person should be able to have the option to drink an alcoholic beverage if they please. In the article “Should the Drinking Age Be….” it was said that, “Young Adults cannot help the fact that alcohol is an enjoyable activity. Eighteen to twenty year old adults should not be denied that enjoyment when other pleasurable activities are legal..” Not only are men and women allowed to risk their own lives for the United States, but also are allowed to vote and still cannot be considered a “mature” adult. If individuals over the age of eighteen are able to have a small…show more content…
Making nineteen independent countries with no drinking age, one hundred and fifteen countries with the ages eighteen to nineteen, and twelve countries with a drinking age of twenty-one, including the United States. Some of the countries with a drinking age of eighteen include Albania, Argentina, France, and Sweden, just to name a few. For the most part these countries named are similar to the United States while dealing with the youth, education, industry and economics. These countries are prime examples of how drinking at the age of eighteen might not be so irresponsible after all. In fact, it may make young adults more responsible. Responsibility is an enormous thing while dealing with growing up and talking about alcohol. Legally at the age of eighteen Americans are expected to be responsible enough to be on their own and take on the everyday activities of the average adult. Although people over the age of eighteen are expected to take on such responsibility, they are still denied the ability to purchase alcohol. In other countries alcohol is looked at differently and is commonly used to help adolescents mature. Alcohol has many different uses all across the world, being a huge part of religion. In multiple religions wine is considered the blood of Jesus Christ himself. The first amendment stresses freedom of religion, but it is difficult to freely practice one 's religion with laws
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