The Importance Of Lowering The Drinking Age

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People can go across the world to fight for this country, but are not aloud to drink alcohol legally. Does this make sense? “Living in Harmony with Vegetarians” by Alison Green, and “Getting Stupid” by Bernice Wuethrich are two essays with strong words to help prove that the drinking age should be lowered. The prohibition era lasted only a little time and was proven as an unsuccessful mechanism to control the social practices of Americans. Eighteen year olds have the power to choose their political leaders, buy firearms and ammunition and even fight for our country but yet they are denied one simple right: the ability to purchase alcohol. A main fear of this country is accidents caused by alcohol consumption. In order to increase responsibility and to prevent more road accidents as best as possible, the drinking age should be lowered to the age of eighteen. Many may say the drinking age is twenty-one because they want to reduce the amount of road accidents caused by the drunken youth. If drinking and driving is really the main issue, should the driving age be older as well? Not many people think of it this way. If the drinking age was to be the same as the driving age, they could learn their responsibility in both aspects at the same time. As of right now, teenagers are given around three years to learn their driving abilities. These three years can give people the mindset that “they know how to drive their car, even if they’re impaired” and “know what way to take home to

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