The Legal Drinking Age Of The United States Essay

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The legal drinking age in the United States among other countries in the world is twenty-one years old. Prior to 1984 all personal eighteen and older could purchase and consume alcohol legally. In 1984 President Ronald Raegan signed the national minimum drinking age act. Which prohibited anyone under the age of twenty-one from alcohol. The government enforces this law because it is thought to be the appropriate age as a person transitions into adulthood to be able to handle the responsibility of drinking and buying alcohol. However, before the age of twenty-one teenagers are given the privilege to drive, enlist into the war, and vote. So why are teenagers entrusted to carry on those responsibilities yet not given the same trust to drink and by alcohol?
At the age of sixteen years old the government allows young teenagers to get their drivers licenses. Which allows teenagers to drive in a car alone and entrusted to be responsible enough to drive safely and abide by the rules of the road. According to the National safety council, driving in an automobile is far more dangerous and has a higher death rate compared to buses, trains, and airplanes. With that said why is it acceptable to operate such dangerous machinery at sixteen but not allowed to legally drink and purchase alcohol until twenty-one? It’s understandable that the law is enforced because it is believed that teenagers cannot handle the responsibility of drinking and making the right decision not to drive. However,…

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