October 14, 2013
Currently, the legal drinking age in United States is at age 21. Before I chose sides, I asked to myself, “Should the legal age of drinking alcohol be lowered to 18 or should be the same age? Why?” As a result, I will argue with whoever disagrees with me that the drinking age shouldn't be lowered. Lowering the drinking age is a controversial idea; however some argue that lowering it to 18 is a damaging thing. For example, teenagers are continuing to drink, buy fake alcohol Identification Cards, attending bars, and drink illegally. Therefore it has been proven that these incidents are going on not only in college, but in high school as well. Although there are negative points to this issue, there are also several benefits. On lowering the drinking age, there will be 3 reasons supporting on why it is not a harmful thing; 18 is the adult age, students are making illegal behaviors, and economic benefits.
If alcohol is "safe" enough to be legal, then why are 18 year olds restricted as a capable adult? 18 and 21 year olds are subjected to the same laws, but for some reason they don't have the same privileges. For instance, 18 year olds are considered as an adult, which is the beginning stage on gaining their responsibilities. They are trusted to carry some of the biggest obligations in our country: voting for our political leaders, being able to enter into marriage union that form the foundation of our country, and even defending on our country on the battlefield. Furthermore, those who are serving for our country can kill a person at the age of 18 legally, but can't have a sip of alcohol? Due to this nonsense situation, age should be equaled. Another example is the fact that both age groups are sent to the same prisons. Due to the same consequences, they will have to follow the same rules and penalties as 21 year olds. Then, what is the “real” difference of being an official adult when they are...