To Drink Or Not To Drinking Essay

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To Drink or Not To Drink: Legality is the Question
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Mark Twain said this, and when it comes to being an adult the legal age is 18 in the United States. However, the legal drinking age is 21 three years older than the legal age of adulthood. Being a legal adult has its perks along with a couple of downsides, however the main factor about becoming an adult is that one in trusted with more privileges and freedoms as long as one toes the line and accepts the consequences of their actions. A legal adult is given the opportunity to take part in numerous activities that are exclusively for adults such as: voting, getting married without parental consent, the eligibility to
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The selective service is a program in case the United States enters into a war and needs more soldiers. Unlike some countries, serving in the armed forces is not a requirement in the United States, yet many young Americans answer the call every year. The U.S.A prides itself on being “The land of the free, and the home of the brave” in their national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, yet the United States denies these lawful adults the right to consume alcohol. An 18 year old man can serve, protect, and die for the U.S.A as an American soldier, but he cannot have a beer with his father if he makes it home alive without risking being charged for consumption while under age. These men and women are trusted to kill people while protecting us yet they are not trusted to make positive, responsible choices when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Just like the choice to join the military, the choice to vote is also granted when one becomes a legal …show more content…
Modernly, the issue with drinking is ignorance. Young adults do not know how to drink responsibly. Changing the legal drinking age to 18 would give parents the chance to monitor the drinking habits of their children and the opportunity to help educate their children on the effects of alcohol before they move out. Regardless, If one has all of the responsibilities of an adult, they should have all of the liberties of one. All around the world, 18 year olds are considered full-fledged adults and can indulge in adult beverages. Here in the United States, young adults should be given this same right. 18 year olds are trusted to make all other decisions for themselves and should be trusted to make rational, responsible decisions involving

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