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The drinking age in the United States is a contradiction At the age of eighteen one can drive a car vote in an election get married serve in the military and buy tobacco products In the United States you are legally an adult at eighteen An eighteen-year-old however can not purchase alcoholic beverages The minimum drinking age should be lowered from twenty-one in the United StatesUnbelievably the United States citizens trust their sixteen-year-old children to drive three thousand pound vehicles We require our working young to pay taxes We trust the decision-making abilities of eighteen year olds in public elections with the right to smoke and with the choice of marriage without parental consent Our young adults are encouraged to join the army and fight for their country We however believe that until the age of twenty-one our young adults can not handle alcoholThere is an ever-growing problem on campuses all across the nation the abuse of alcohol College freshman usually nineteen enter college with a bias involving the drinking law In almost every aspect other than the drinking age these freshmen are considered adults However they are told by the law they are not responsible enough to handle alcohol Elizabeth Whelan declares Banning drinking by young people makes it a badge of adulthood -- a tantalizing forbidden fruit 84 This badge of adulthood is quickly attained by college freshman who lash out at the drinking age with binge drinking The abuse of alcohol by young people can likely be prevented certainly not in all cases but in many In most European countries moderate drinking is common by teenagers These teens have been taught about the dangers of alcohol and were brought up by parents who let their children experience alcohol moderately Whelan observes Though the per capita consumption of alcohol in France Spain and Portugal is higher than in the United States the rate of alcoholism and alcohol abuse is lower 84 United States
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