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Jordyn Starr
Mr. Krinke
English III
2/17/13
18 and Drinking Alcohol
Eighteen-year-olds should have all the benefits as 21-year-olds. For example, for quite some time, 18-year-olds have been able to get married, fight for our country, vote, buy cigarettes, and rent and/or buy a house. They have virtually all of the same responsibilities a 21-year-old has, besides being able to buy and drink alcohol. According to Dictionary.com, the definition of an adult is: A person who has attained the age of maturity as specified by the law. In the United States, 18-year-olds are not able to drink even though they are considered an adult in the court of law (Archer, 2012). Even neighboring countries such as Canada and Mexico support the fact that a person can drink at the age of 18. In the United States 18 year olds are not able to drink even though they are considered an adult, charged as an adult in the court of law, and can fight in the army; because of this issue the people of the United States should sign a petition and gain signatures, draft the petition, and then gather a sponsoring committee together. The law should be changed to make it legal for people 18 years and older to be able to buy and/or drink alcohol. This needs to be accomplished by changing the law through your state government. The first step in doing this would be to draft a petition stating the drinking age should be 18. Then it is necessary to obtain signatures on the petition. After collecting signatures, the next step is to have a sponsoring committee submit the petition to the state government to have the law changed. If the law were to change for 18-year-olds to be able to drink and buy alcohol, they would have the exact same rights and responsibilities as 21-year-olds. In the United States, when you turn 18, you are given more rights and responsibilities, and legally considered an adult. When you are 18, you have all of the rights and responsibilities 21 year olds have, except that you are not able to consume or buy an alcoholic beverage. If 18-year-olds were treated the same as 21-year-olds, then everyone would be treated the same in all rights and responsibilities, including buying and drinking alcohol. In the magazine Psychology Today, Dale Archer talks about how 21-year-olds are the same as 18-year-olds, except they cannot drink alcohol. In essence, 18, 19, and 20 year olds can do everything that a 21 year-old can do, except drink alcohol (Archer, 2012). Even though 18-year-olds are not able to drink in the United States, they can drink in neighboring countries such as Canada and Mexico. Our neighboring countries have set the minimum legal drinking age, also known as MLDA, to 18. David Hanson talks about how countries around the world have also set their legal drinking age to 18 in the article Alcohol Problems and Solutions. The majority of countries have set the drinking age at 18 (Hanson). The United States is one of the few countries in the world that has the highest MLDA at 21 years old. If most countries have their MLDA set to 18, the whole world should also set theirs to 18. It appears unfair that an 18-year-old can fight and/or risk their life while fighting for their country, but it is not legal for an 18-year-old to consume or buy an alcoholic beverage. Stefan Kiesbye talks about the legal drinking age changing from 21 to 18 in the article “Should the Legal Drinking Age Be lowered,” and some of the responsibilities of 18 year olds. For example, if 18-year-olds can fight for your country and can be enrolled in the army, they should be able to buy and/or consume alcohol. While many argue that [18-year-olds] are allowed to vote, get married, and serve their country overseas, they should be allowed to legally drink and/or buy alcohol (Kiesbye, 2013). If one can fight overseas and fight for their country at age 18, and still considered to be an adult, they should be able to consume alcohol. The possibility of dying or getting injured fighting...
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