The Minimum Legal Drinking Age Essay

1076 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
Alcohol’s reputation varies from one culture to another. Some cultures perceive it as a “forbidden fruit” while others view it as an essential complement to their diet. Its complicated nature has caused modern countries to attempt to alleviate its harmful effects by setting restrictive laws. However, with the creation of these laws also arose imminent opposition and doubt over their effectiveness. While today’s minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) is 21, facts show that the ideal minimum drinking age is 18, because it is safer for the health and it demotes crime. The healthiest drinking age is 18, the age one turns into an adult, which according to the Free Dictionary’s West’s Encyclopedia of American Law is “a person who by virtue of attaining a certain age, generally eighteen, is regarded in the eyes of the law as being able to manage his or her own affairs” (West’s Encyclopedia). Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that eighteen-year-olds be treated as responsible human beings. Furthermore, if the law trusts adults to drive responsibly, join the military, get married, pay their rent, purchase cigarettes, it should also trust them to consume alcoholic beverages. Today, in the United States, alcohol is for many teenagers just like opening Pandora’s Box, and “it ranks as the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States” (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse). Therefore, it is a very serious issue and is not simple to decide how to solve it. In…

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