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The forbidden fruit Everyone knows that it is illegal to consume alcohol under the age of 21 Why is 21 the magical age that makes a person intelligent and mature enough to consume alcohol Sure some adults abuse alcohol and some teenagers would be perfectly able to drink responsibly Why not 18 or 35 or 40 This seemingly random number is associated with adulthood as if the day a person turns 21 they know everything and are mature The drinking age use to be 18 in some states Many parents of todays teenagers were legally allowed to drink at 18 Todays teenagers face more responsibility and are treated more like adults than their parents were This makes the 21 restrictions seem out of date At 18 people are considered adults Some people say people under 21 are not mature enough to drink responsibly These same immature people are allowed to vote risk their own lives in the armed forces smoke have sex with whomever they wish and live on their own Yet it is still illegal to drink Todays legal drinking age is unrealistic Prohibiting the sale of liquor to young adults creates an atmosphere where binge drinking and alcohol abuse become a problem especially for the majority of college students Banning drinking for young people makes it a tempting forbidden fruit an emblem of rebellion against authority and a symbol of adulthood Teenagers look at drinking as something glamorous The government have tried prohibition legislation twice in the past for controlling irresponsible drinking problem According to Wechsler this was during National Prohibition in the 1920s and State Prohibition in the 1850s These laws were finally repealed because they were unenforceable and because the reaction towards them caused other social problems Today we are repeating history and making the same mistakes that occurred in the past It did not work then and it is not working now Since the law was passed in
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