The Minimum Legal Drinking Age Essay

1309 Words Apr 29th, 2016 6 Pages
Are you really an adult when you turn 18? Can you really make your own decisions or are you still being held back? One example of how 18 year olds are not being treated as true adults because they do not have the right to drink. In America, the minimum legal drinking age is 21 which has caused lots of argument about this topic. Because they can put their life on the line for this country, yet they are not able to make their own decisions on drinking alcohol. Despite the minimum legal drinking age being 21, it should be 18 because that is the age when a person truly becomes an adult. Turning 18 makes a person become an adult and if someone is considered an adult he or she should be able to decide whether he or she wants to consume alcohol or not. Turning 18 allows people to receive many abilities that they did not have before they were an adult. When someone turns 18 they receive many abilities of adulthood including voting, being a legal adult in court, and much more, but not letting someone drink when they turn 18 is not consistent (Why Colleges Should Support a Lower Drinking Age). It is unfair for people serving our country to be able to decide to put their life on the line for the country and not be able to drink alcohol. The drinking laws are treating America’s men and women in uniform like children (McAloon). When people turn 18 they are adults and they should be able to decide whether or not they want to drink alcohol. However, regardless of the minimum legal…

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