Why the Legal Drinking Age Should Go back down to 18 Again

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Did you know that the legal age for drinking alcohol was eighteen years of age until 1987? In 1987 the legal drinking age became twenty-one years of age. Shouldn’t the legal consumption age amongst Americans be dropped to the permitted age of adulthood, eighteen years? At the age of eighteen years old, any individual can walk down the aisle without their parent’s consent and can move out of their custodian's house and live on their own. Why should the government dictate what these adults can do when it comes to their choice to consume alcohol? How is it plausible to agree that an adult eighteen years of age can spend time in prison because they are considered adults, but cannot go to a liquor store to buy a drink? How can a person that is eighteen years of age be allowed to vote and are able to protect our country by serving in the military but cannot legally drink a beer? Froma Harrop said it best when she asked “the drinking age has long been a tug-of-war. Is a nineteen year-old mature enough to fight in Afghanistan, but not to order beer in a bar? Almost every other country sets the drinking age at eighteen.” These questions are what causes an extremely serious problem today and takes away the freedom of Americans. There is no reason why a person eighteen years of age should be legally held back from consuming an alcoholic beverage today. If people are going to hold an eighteen year old to the standard of a person who is twenty-one years of age, then an eighteen year old should be treated as equal as the twenty-one year old. Americans are arrested or fined every day for practicing what should be their lawful right.

An easy solution could fix the law for the legal drinking age. One solution would be the government...

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...inking age in the United States is the highest and most ludicrous law of any state in the world. Our free country just does not seem so free if its people cannot partake in something as simple as a glass of wine with their dinner or a champagne toast at their own wedding. The time has come for the American citizens to re-claim and hold on to their well-deserved rights.

Works Cited

Hanson, David J., Ph.D. "The Legal Drinking Age: Science vs. Ideology." Alcohol Problems and Solutions (2001): n. pag. No Records. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.

Harrop, Froma. "Age Discrimination for the Young." Realclearpolitics.com. N.p., 09 Feb. 2010. Web. 07 Apr. 2014.

Heath, Dwight B. International Handbook on Alcohol and Culture. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1995. Print.

McCardell, John. "Let Them Drink at 18." Let Them Drink at 18 -. New York Times, 29 May 2012. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.

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