Legalizing the Drinking Age to 18

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Legalizing the Drinking Age to 18 When people turn to the age of eighteen, they are finally considered an adult. They can join the army, have the right to vote, buy cigarettes or tobacco products, get a tattoo and even die for our country, but they aren’t allowed to buy alcohol? A person can be responsible enough to live on his or her own, make money, pay bills, and yet they are not old enough to purchase or consume any type of alcohol. Underage drinking has been a major controversial issue for years. Teenagers are continuing to buy alcohol with fake identification cards, drink, get into bars, and drink illegally. As being a teenager, these things are going on not only in college, but also in high school. There are a lot of factors as to…show more content…
The MLDA also comes into play with why the drinking age should be lowered. Enforcing an MLDA of 21 is expensive and inefficient. Setting the MLDA at 21 is unconstitutional because it is discrimination against the particular age group of 18- 20 year olds. IT would be more effective to spend money on educating youth about alcohol than to spend it on enforcement of drinking laws for 18- 20 year olds. The pie chart below shows the proportion of 83 countries MLDAs from ages 14 to 21. People under the age of 21 see alcohol as a forbidden fruit. Forbidden fruit is described as, “A badge of rebellion against authority and a symbol of adulthood(Dr. Ruth Engs).” If drinking is made legal for people 18 and older, it will seem much better as the curiosity isn’t as high and the fruit isn’t forbidden anymore. Responsibility and tolerance are two major things that should be addressed with lowering the drinking age. Responsible drinking could be taught through role modeling and educational programs. If the drinking age were to be lowered, mature and sensible drinking behavior would be expected. “Tolerance doesn’t come with age, tolerance comes with

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