The Importance Of The Drinking Age

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Drinking alcohol is a popular pastime in the U.S. and several other countries in the world. In most countries, the drinking age ranges from 16 to 18 while in the United States, the limit stands at 21. We are one of the very few countries with such a high age limit. The drinking age in our country of “freedom” needs to be lowered down to the age where mostly everything else is legal; 18. When a person turns the age of 18, they are measured as an adult with the rights to their own decisions; such as the use of tobacco, credit cards, voting, marriage, signing of contracts, gambling, and much more. Out of all of these activities an 18 year old can be a part of, why would alcohol still be illegal? A changing world calls for the changes of public …show more content…
Tobacco is a far more deadly substance than alcohol. More than 16 million people have at least one disease and 8.6 million people live with a serious illness caused by smoking, but it’s legal. As a legal adult, you have the right to it; which should be the same reasoning for alcohol. The United States is known for freedom and when you ban something away from a legal adult at 18, you are no longer giving the former minor freedom, but the excuse for him to crave it more. At the age of 18, you can vote in an election, defend and maybe die for your country and decide anything concerning your life and body. If I want to vote democrat, I can. If I want to vote republican, I can, and if I want to fill my lungs with smoke, I can do that too. But simply drinking a beer is somehow too far. There is absolutely no reason an 18 year old legal adult should be deprived of the right to drink …show more content…
In a lot of countries, drinking wine is a normal, even daily tradition that takes place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A person will learn to make smarter decisions growing up around alcohol and learning about it in a controlled environment such as these countries. In our country, it is frowned upon to take a sip of any type of alcohol, if it is not part of any religious practice. So as soon as a minor turns 18 and goes on their own in life, they are going to want to try this forbidden

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