Lowering The Drinking Age

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Drinking Age 2 The legal drinking age serves no logical purpose where it stands at this time. Ever since the law, which mandated the minimum drinking age, has underage drinking been such a problem (Knowles, 2001, p. 2). The focus of society today is on keeping a beer from the underage rather than keeping drunk drivers off the roads (Straszheim, 1998, p. 4). In order to make legal obligations fair to all individuals, as well as to lower the problems caused by the present age restriction, the drinking age should be lowered with responsible consumption enforced.

Eighteen year Olds receive high expectations to act like adults, but are not treated as such (Shefchik, 2001, p. 3). At the age of eighteen, many responsibilities are taken to affect: they can drive cares, fly planes, marry, vote, pay taxes, receive loans, and go to war (Wheelan, 1995, p. 2).

These young people of our country work, help our economy, get college degrees, and contribute to the future.

Why is it that eighteen, nineteen, and twenty-year-olds are asked to die for our country, but cannot drink a beer? The age of eighteen is the so-called Age of Majority. Some may say many high school students are eighteen and it would be a horrible idea to let them legally have alcohol (Shefchik, 2001, p. 2). This could easily be solved by high school administrators applying their own restrictions and consequences for their students to consume alcohol, the same way they deal with smoking. Overall, young adults should be allowed to have a beer as an adult, exactly what they are.

A huge problem with today's law is that youth see drinking as something they can't have and act on it as rebellion, as a symbol of "adult hood," in an irresponsible manner. This creates...