Lowering The United States Drinking Age To 18 Essay

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Lowering The United States Drinking Age To 18

In the 1980's it was legal for eighteen-year-olds to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. In 1984, the United States Government pressured the states to raise the legal age to twenty-one (Rally). Their reasoning--eighteen-year-olds were too immature and responsible in their partaking of alcohol. Outlawing the consumption of alcohol by minors does not prevent underage drinking anymore than posting speed limit signs prevents speeding! Is there something that all of the sudden makes us responsible drinkers when we turn 21? Many times, we see people under 21 make complete idiots of themselves while drinking. But can it not be concluded that we see an equal number of
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In Europe, people do not consider "getting drunk" as an acceptable pastime (Mooney 18). One says that in Germany, "the locals treat alcohol as a supplement to evening activities, not as the main event" (Rally). If young adults are taught that drinking is a privilege and should be taken seriously, the problem of alcohol abuse on college campuses and across the nation would begin to change itself. The idea is that an 18 year old is not mature enough to be trusted with alcohol but can vote, pay taxes, serve on a jury, stay out later than curfew laws, leave home, drive, smoke (in some states), buy weapons, engage in financial contracts, get married, give birth, serve and die for our country in battle, and be tried as an adult in the court of law.
Eighteen-year-olds have the same responsibility as twenty-one-year-olds but are not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages. Is it right to grant eighteen-year-olds all of these privileges, responsibilities, and obligations yet restrict them from drinking alcohol?
If eighteen-year-olds have the ability to handle the freedoms and responsibilities of being an adult, they should have the privilege to drink alcohol (Rally).
Is it really about you? The Unites States is a country of consumers, hypocrites and ignorance. If we raise the age-limit for driving we will hurt the automakers (a lot less consumption and lost jobs). So we raised

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