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Legal Drinking Age Essay

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Legal drinking age in the United States In our modern time, and specifically in the United State of America, we face a lot of problems and things that many American citizens want to change. One of the most interesting issues things that the US citizens argue is issue of the legal drinking age. A lot of people advocate for the reduction of the legal drinking age from 21 to 18 years – just as it was in the past. On the other hand, there is also a section of citizens who support the current legal drinking age i.e. the minimum drinking age should be 21 years. The contentious question is; should this law be changed? Or alternatively, should the government keep the law of twenty-one? To answer this question, we shall look at various legal age drinking laws passed in various countries. Some countries allow one to start taking alcohol as early as sixteen or eighteen years of age. However, in some countries, use of alcohol is illegal –you cannot drink alcohol at all, regardless of your age. Currently, there is a huge debate within the country about this issue. Fell (4) mentioned “Nineteen and twenty year olds are drinking anyway; if we legalize it, they will be drinking in a controlled setting”. Fell (4) also said “Making it illegal to drink until twenty-one just increases the desire for the ‘forbidden fruit. When teens turn twenty-one, they’ll drink even more.” He also put forward a question, “Don’t experiences in other countries show that there are fewer alcohol and drunk driving problems when the drinking age is lower?” (5). There are more arguments, but the above are the most important and most discussed between people who agree and disagree. Drinking Alcohol at eighteen was once legal in America. According to Wilcox (1), “Approxi... ... middle of paper ... ...nd to over drink when get an opportunity to do so. In argument to reduce the minimum drinking age, Fell (5) mentions “studies shows that in different countries where there is lower age of drinking, there is less problems in the street and in driving.” In the epilogue, in my opinion, changing the law of twenty-one back to the old rule of legalizing alcohol in age of eighteen has more benefits than forbidding it. American youth should act and ask their government for their rights if they want this to change – actions are better than words. I believe that the government wants to be happier by making their own nation happy and as an advantage; more companies will reap huge profit due to increased sales, and sure the government will earn more revenues through tax. Moreover, this will go a long way in reducing accidents and incidents due to binge drinking by teenagers.
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