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Young adults in this country hold many responsibilities and are fortunate to have many privileges however those between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one are denied the privilege of consuming alcoholic beverages How is it we young adults are able to vote pay taxes and buy cigarettes but cannot purchase alcohol Being allowed to have theses responsibilities shows how society treats us mature The legal drinking age is unrealistic Prohibiting the sale of liquor to young adults creates an atmosphere where binge drinking and alcohol abuse have become a problem Banning drinking for young people makes it a badge of adulthood and emdash a tantalizing forbidden fruit In order to get a drink teenagers will carry fake IDs or sneak drinks from their parents liquor cabinets This kind of devious attitude does not encourage responsible drinking When the opportunity to drink arises there is a kind of Lets make up for lost time attitude This results in binge drinking wwwilstuedu As it is high school and college students unprepared for the responsibility easily obtain alcohol This widespread availability of alcohol to minors discounts the effectiveness of the minimum drinking age law wwwcrwlutexasedu Therefore I think by lowering the legal drinking to eighteen or nineteen or even to young adults and being allowed to drink in controlled environments such as restaurants and official school and university functions would lower the amounts of binge drinking As it is those of us young adults who are college students are considered binge drinkers and are more likely to be violent take risks and create dangerous situations for themselves and others Mitchell pg51 If the drinking age would be lowered and college students could drink the situation would be different Students could better control circumstances of their experiences with alcohol and drinking would lose its forbidden fruit stigma thus making the pressure of drinking to be cool significantly less cavalierdailycom Also lowering the drinking age would help
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