Once a person turns 18 years old they are already considered an adult. Yes, it may sound bad saying that 18 years old should have the right to legally drink, but lets look at the facts; you can drive a car, vote in all elections, smoke cigarettes, serve on juries, be prosecuted as an adult, get married, have children, fight in a war, gamble, but not have a beer until your 21? Now, if young men and women under the age of 21 can legally get married and especially can go and fight on the front lines for our country then they should be able to consume alcohol. Body:
I. Most people say that 18 years can’t handle alcohol because you make they make too many mistakes, and that they aren’t mature enough. If you start to drink at eighteen or twenty-one your tolerance is still going to be the same. A. When people say eighteen year olds make to many mistakes when they drink it’s only because they started drinking, just as a twenty one year old will make mistakes when he/she starts to drink as well. Also society uses young teenagers as scapegoats for alcohol problems when really it doesn’t matter if your 17, 21 or 38 years of age. Alcohol is still a serious problem among all people. It does not go away when you become 21 years of age. This is an example of how eighteen year olds are portrayed as apposed to twenty one year olds. 1. No matter what age you start to drink, you don’t know how much you can handle until you start drinking. It’s the same tolerance level.
B. Scientists now know that the human brain does not full develop until the late 20’s. That the 18 year old mind and 21 year old has the same process of thinking. The last part of the brain to develop is the pre-frontal cortex which controls judgment. This may be less important for some things than others. (Johnson T, 2011) 1. Regardless of the drinking age of 18 and 21 it would not make a difference since the tolerance level is still the same.