Lowering the Drinking Age
Adulthood and responsibility begins at the age of eighteen, not twenty-one. In 1984, a law was passed prohibiting the consumption of alcohol to those individuals under the age of twenty-one. The argument and support behind this law was based solely on safety issues; however, education and a higher awareness would virtually solve this supposed "problem." At the age of eighteen, a young man or woman gains all rights as an adult, yet he or she still can still not consume alcohol. Also, most people enter in the workplace or begin college at this time in their lives. Yet, the public population feels these individuals are not mature enough to drink; however, the real reason that the government and states do not want to lower the drinking age is due to the fact that they would lose millions of dollars in federal highway money. When a man or woman turns eighteen, he or she gains many rights, responsibilities, and freedoms. Most people move out of their parent's homes and into their own apartment. Some begin work, and others begin their lives as college students; yet, these college students and employees are still not at the age to consume alcohol. In addition to attending college and maintaining jobs, eighteen year olds can purchase cigarettes and pay taxes. They also hold many legal responsibilities. An eighteen year old male can voluntarily enter into the military; and if the situation was to arise, he could also be drafted. Also, these eighteen year olds, that the public argues to be too immature to drink alcohol, are tried as adults in a court of law, can be summoned for jury duty, and also hold the responsibility of voting for our elections. After high school, many graduates enter into college; here, they experience many new responsibilities and freedoms, yet none of these include being able to drink alcohol. Despite laws against underage drinking, alcohol is still very prevalent on college campuses. According to John M....
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