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Lowering the Legal Drinking Age to 18 The legal drinking age in the United States is set at twenty-one years of age I believe that considering twenty-one as the legal age of maturity is ridiculous Who is to say that just because an individual is twenty-one means that they are mature enough to consume alcohol in a responsible manner Changing the legal drinking age to eighteen should be enforced Eighteen year-old individuals can take on many adult responsibilities but they do not have the right to consume alcohol Many feel this is unfair and biased There is a tremendous controversy over whether to keep the legal drinking age at twenty-one or to lower it to the legal age of adulthood 18 Congress passed the National Minimum Purchase Age Act in 1984 This law was passed to encourage each state to change their legal drinking age to twenty-one years of age The congress believed that if they raised the minimum drinking age that it would save a significant number of lives They figured that a twenty-one year old person was more mature than the average eighteen year-old That in my opinion was a huge mistake Just because a person lives to be twenty-one does not determine how mature they are For example there are many teenagers in the world that are considerably more mature than the average twenty-one year-old The determination of legality in drinking should not be age but rather maturity and ability to handle responsibility The twenty-one restriction seems out of date in todays society Many parents of todays teenagers were legally allowed to drink at the age of eighteen Todays teenagers face more responsibility and are treated much differently from the way their parents were treated If twenty-one is considered so mature then why is eighteen considered an adult At the age of eighteen an individual can vote serve on a jury stay out without a curfew leave home
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