Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lower the Drinking Age

I think that the legal drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18. Honestly, if an 18 year old person is old enough to fight and die for their country, they should be old enough to have a beer.

I am sure that some people will say that young adults (18-20) are immature and very likely to make poor decisions, such as driving while intoxicated. Well then why should they be expected to make a good decision when it comes to military service? Why should an 18 year old be allowed to sign a 6 year (minimum) service contract if he/she is incapable of making sound decisions?

Deciding whether to serve in the militar is a hefty decision, but it is also one that not many 18-20 year olds think about. Howeer, there are numerous other examples of huge life altering decisions that almost everyone in this age group faces. For example, once a person reaches 18 years of age, they are eligible for credit cards. Many young adults get credit cards at this early age and completely destroy their credit ratings, something they have to live with for the rest of their lives! But they can't decide to have a beer with dinner? I think this is ridiculous.

If 18-20 year olds are not mature enough to decide whether they want to have a beer or not, they should not be mature enough to join the military, ro receive credit cards, or to even be allowed to live on their own. I think most of the people in this age group are mature enough to make these decisions (or at least should be given the opportunity to; if not they will never learn to make appropriate decisions on their own); thus I think the legal drinking age needs to be lowered.

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