Drinking age Essay

600 WordsMar 28, 20093 Pages
Entering college can be an exciting time for a young adult. Your entering a new environment, filled with new responsibilities, and rights that come with it. But one right that you don’t have when entering into college is the right to purchase and consume alcohol. At the age of 18, you have a lot of rights. It’s absurd that one thing you can’t do legally is drink alcohol at a bar with your friends. Young adults should be allowed to drink alcohol in controlled areas such as restaurants, bars, clubs, and official university and college events. Having the drinking age at 21 makes it so a majority of college students consume alcohol in an illegal and irresponsible manner. In this letter I will explain my reasons on why the drinking age should be changed from 21 to 18 and also present sensible solutions to the current drinking problem. Dr. James Wright, president of Dartmouth University, was once quoted in saying, “I think we would all be better off if the drinking age was 18.” He is not the only person that feels that way. More than 100 prestigious universities have joined the Amethyst Initiative in an effort to pressure lawmakers to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. I believe that your university should be the latest addition to the movement. Help changing the drinking law from 21-18 would help reduce the amount of binge drinkers and the amount of drinking on and off college campuses. With the law being 21, teens drink large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time because they know it is illegal and they don’t want to get caught. They usually do this off campus without any supervision or guidance which can often lead to brawling, and sexual misconduct. The law being at 21 makes alcohol a hidden treasure that young adults look for. If the law was 18, colleges could work towards teaching kids how to drink responsibly and how to make mature decisions when they

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