The Age Of America Should Be 18 Essay

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“Congratulations, at age 18, you’ve reached an important milestone. You are now an adult in the eyes of the law; you now have the right to make many important decisions about where you live, what you do and how you shape your future” (citation). I believe the drinking age in America should be 18 because when you’re 18 you’re an adult with a lot of responsibilities; you can vote, pay taxes, marry and fight in the army. This has been a worldwide debate for decades, and continues to, as we argue that it should be changed to 18. Turning 18 is a huge step in everyone’s life, just like it was when I turned 18 a few months ago. All these things I can do now, I can vote, marry, fight in the army, own a gun, I could even run for governor of the state Rhode Island if I wanted to! The question is, if I can do all of that, why can’t I drink? In America, drinking is like a sport. It’s an activity, it’s fun and we love to do it. Drinking is all around us, it’s a social norm. We drink at family parties, sports events, restaurants, etc. Almost anywhere there is alcohol beverages being served. Americans are known for being “binge drinkers” or a bunch of “Alcoholics”. This dates all the way back to our founding fathers. Our first president George Washington spent a full 7% of his income while in office on booze. His infamous farewell party tab totaled over $15,000 present-day dollars just on alcohol (Smith 1). John Adams and his family were also big drinkers, Moreau de St. Méry, a
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