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As a young girl growing up a phrase which was often heard in my home was Why dont you just act like an adult Truth to be told being an adult never quite appealed to me as it implied having to deal with such disadvantages as taxes pressures of working full-time voting and deciding whether or not to legally drink alcohol Once I turned eighteen I was bombarded with many new rights issued by the Constitution such as voting buying cigarettes enlisting in the military and getting married Being faced with all of these life-altering decisions was stressful to say the least Would I risk cancer and actually smoke cigarettes Would I become more than a citizen of the United States and allow myself to be a part of the army It was a small relief to know that I did not have to worry about buying and drinking alcohol as the legal drinking age in our country is twenty-one In order to sustain this stress for all adolescents across America I propose that the drinking age should stay at twenty-one and not be lowered to eighteen Many of my friends anticipate turning twenty-one as much as they anticipated high school a few years ago We were eager to embrace the social integration the sports events and the knowledge Unexpectedly high school brought on more responsibility more anxiety and more future-altering decisions According to Joyce Walker who works in the Minnesota Center for 4-H Youth Development 39 of all adolescents suffer from mild to serious depression and 9 of all high school students are depressed Teens in Distress Series 1986 In addition 88 of all adolescents who attempted suicide were depressed This is significant in the sense that with the addition of tension in home and school life there is more of a chance of depression Since many students are either just graduating or are still in high school when the age of eighteen is
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