Why The Legal Drinking Age Should Be Lowered

1582 WordsAug 5, 20157 Pages
Why the Legal Drinking Age should Be Lowered Ever since its creation in ancient times, alcohol has been used for many reasons and purposes. Since then, controversies have risen on the topic of alcohol consumption and production. Among these controversies is that of the legal drinking age. While that age is 21 years, the legal age for smoking and for holding political posts is 18 years, and the legal age for consent for sex is 16 years – two of which are activities that are equally, if not more, detrimental to one’s health than consuming alcohol. Because the legal ages for the latter three activities and drinking are discrepant, and because many people who are under the age of 21 years drink despite its illegality, the legal age should be lowered accordingly. According to the state law, once an individual is 18 years old, he or she has the rights to vote and to be voted for. These laws mean that an individual who is the age of 18 years can run for public office. However, the national law also states that an individual who is under the age of 21 years and consumes alcohol is underage. By reason, this means that the government is permitting underage individuals to run for, and hold, a public office. To hold a public office requires a great deal of decision making and critical thinking. As the head of a city, a mayor officially speaks for both the government and the community. In all statutory cities, and in most charter cities, the mayor is the presiding officer and a
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