Essay about The Legal Drinking Age For The United States

1274 Words Dec 12th, 2016 6 Pages
Have you ever taken a moment thought about why the legal drinking age for most states in the United States is twenty one? In the United States when an individual reaches the age of 18 they are considered an adult in the eyes of the law. Being an adult in the eyes of the law means an individual is mature enough to vote, buy cigarettes, sign up for the Army, and if a crime is committed you will be charged as an adult. The law says an 18 year old is mature enough to make life-alternating choices, but not responsible enough to drink alcohol? If the drinking age were lowered to 18 then there would be less accidents brought on by alcohol, fewer criminal acts and the introduction of alcohol at an early age will prote for more responsible adults.
In the United States there are different rules for different ages, but when a person turns eighteen they typically move out of their parents house and merge into adulthood alongside their peers. The typical 18 year old has at least one friend who is twentyone or older, I did. When I was a teen, although I was unable to purchase alcohol or get into bars legally, I still found ways to drink. No matter the legal drinking age there will always be someone who is of age that will be willing to buy alcohol. One of the issues with the drinking law is that it forces individuals in different age groups to have different laws applied to them such as restrictions on where they can hang out, like bars or clubs. Business’ would rather lose the…

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