Legal Drinking Age Essay

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legal drinking ageRyan Adams Dr.Curl 2/06/2013 Legal drinking age Statistics show that at least 72% of teenagers have consumed more than a few sips of alcohol by the end of high school. In fact in the past 30 days 17.4% of teens have binged on alcohol in the US. ("Fact Sheet for Underage Drinking." CDC)Most teens will graduate at the age of 18, are they considered mature enough to drink responsibly? If not then why isn’t the legal age of an adult considered 21 years old? According to Dictionary.com the definition of an adult is: A person who has attained the age of maturity as specified by law”. (2012, Archer MD) At the age of 18 an ADULT can apply for a credit card be approved and put themselves in debt. An adult can go to war and give their lives for this country and make this decision on their own. However, an adult cannot make the decision to consume alcohol. Should the drinking age be lowered? Ruth Engs a professor at Indiana…show more content…
The age limit for alcohol is based on research which shows that young people react differently to alcohol. Teens get drunk twice as fast as adults, but have more trouble knowing when to stop. Teens naturally overdo it and binge more often than adults. (2012, MADD.) All of these sources have fair arguments and are not just ridiculous notion without any support. However, no one is arguing to increase the legal age of an adult. Those kids that are too immature and inexperienced to drink are going into the military, risking their lives. They are ruining their credit score making it impossible to buy a car or get a new house. These kids are getting married and divorced all before they are even “allowed” to drink. There is no argument that the legal drinking age should stay the same, our young people have proven that. But I do believe that most eighteen year olds are not mature enough to be an “adult” although I see no one arguing and fighting for

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