The Legal Age for Drinking Alcohol Should Be Lowered to Eighteen

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Who first determined the legal age for drinking alcohol, and why is twenty-one the significant number? Interesting questions one may ask one-self. Although there are many reasons the drinking age should be lowered. However, only three will be discussed. Three reasons why eighteen should be the legal age to drink alcohol, because one can vote and serve in the military at that age, not all of the states in the US and other countries have specified twenty-one being the drinking age, and changing it will cut down young adults drinking. Vote/Military The first reason why eighteen should be the legal age to drink is because one can vote and serve in the military at the same age. Dr. Ruth Engs stated in an interview, the banning of alcohol by young adults (who can vote, serve in the military, etc.) is not working, we need to get rid of this failure and replace it with proven, realistic, and successful approach to fix the situation (Hanson, 1997-2013). The legal age to vote is eighteen in America, the age where young adults make the decision on the country’s future leader, possibly take a bullet for it, but can’t allow them to buy alcohol. If young adults have to trained and kill for the country, as tiring as that is, they should have all the rights to obtain alcohol, because they deserve it. It does not make sense at all to some people. If at the age eighteen, one is legally an adult, can vote and serve in the military, then drinking alcohol should also be the same (Harold, n.d.). States/Countries The second reason why eighteen should be the legal age to drink is because not all of the states in the US and other countries have specified twenty-one being the drinking age. Between 1970 through 1976, the legal drinking age was lowered fro... ... middle of paper ... ...tsdam.edu/alcohol/YouthIssues/1053520190.html#.U2rbYctOXIU Harold, G. (n.d.). Drinking Age Should Be Lowered. Retrieved from http://www.teenink.com/opinion/drugs_alcohol_smoking/article/48104/Drinking-Age-Should-Be-Lowered/ ProCon.org. (2014). Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age? Retrieved from http://drinkingage.procon.org/#background Frantz, J. (1997-2013). Europeans Learn Responsible Drinking. Retrieved from http://www2.potsdam.edu/alcohol/YouthIssues/1077563832.html#.U2rkCstOXIU Hanson, Dr. D., J., Heath, Dr. D., B., & Rudy, J., S. (1997-2013). Rethinking Alcohol Use By The Emerging Adult. Retrieved from http://www2.potsdam.edu/alcohol/YouthIssues/1046347764.html#.U2reW8tOXIU Ford, G. (1997-2013). Why We Should Lower the Drinking Age to 19. Retrieved from http://www2.potsdam.edu/alcohol/YouthIssues/1046348192.html#.U2ri9ctOXIU

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