The Importance Of Drinking Age In The United States

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Maturity is the state or quality of being fully grown or developed, says Webster’s dictionary. It is something that can not be easily measured. The legal drinking age in the United States is 21. As of now the government feels that people under that age of 21 are too immature to consume alcohol, or at least to deal with the effects alcohol can have. I agree that many eighteen and nineteen-year-olds are not mature enough to cross the street on their own, but by looking in almost any newspaper there are just as many sixty-year olds who seem to have a hard time with it too. Does the immaturity of that person make eliminate their right to drink alcohol? At every age there are people who are immature. I feel the drinking age should be lowered to…show more content…
In some countries there is no drinking age. In the countries with no drinking age, alcohol is not abused as much as it is in the United States. In those countries people are just accustomed to that way of life. They are brought up with alcohol and learn how to drink responsibly. In countries like France or Rome, whenever a family sits down to a meal they drink wine. They drink in a mature manner, under control showing that at any age people can consume alcohol without abusing the privilege. ( In most parts of Canada the drinking age is 18 in Ontario it’s 19. Canada has had great success with the legal drinking limit being that age. A study published in 2002 by the journal Addiction, found that while alcohol use was more pervasive among Canadian students ages 15 to 24, heavy drinking was significantly less prevalent than among those in the United States ( The United States should learn from Canada’s success with this age limit and use it as an example of what good things could come for us. Foreign countries have exhibited such success because children learn to appreciate the alcohol at such a young age. If the US suddenly decided to abolish the drinking age however, it would take a good 15 years for the utter chaos of underage drinking to settle down. For almost two decades the law has been 21. During this time there have still been thousands of alcohol…show more content…
Instead of trying to prevent every American under the age 21 from consuming any alcohol, there needs to be more government programs to educate younger people on the problems that alcohol can have, if inappropriately consumed. If the drinking age is lowered and mandatory classes on alcohol consumption are made, Americans would start making smarter decisions about alcohol in general. On the other hand, a lot of people say that if the drinking age were lowered to 18 people would abuse it. Americans aren't used to the idea of drinking casually. Drinking in the US has become an abusive activity that some people cannot control. However, if children were taught to drink casually or at least not excessively, then possibly those children would grow up to respect alcohol and not abuse

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