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On your eighteenth birthday you become an adult by law You can buy lottery tickets cigarettes or other tobacco products join the army vote in federal state or local elections get a tattoo or buy products from infomercials Once you turn eighteen you can take on the responsibility to live on your own get married without the consent of a parent or legal guardian make your own money pay your own bills get tried as an adult if you commit a crime or be called to serve on a jury Yet you have to wait three more years to purchase or consume alcohol A major reason underage drinking occurs is because of the thrill that it entails Not only do teenagers get the feeling of being drunk but by breaking the law it provides them with an adrenaline rush If the drinking age were lowered from twenty one to eighteen the thrill and excitement of going against the law would be taken away and it will no longer give them the idea that drinking is the final stage of adulthood According to scientist Ruth Engs When they college students have the opportunity to drink they do so in an irresponsible manner because drinking by these youth is seen as an enticing forbidden fruit When college students drink they feel rebellious against authority If the drinking age was lowered they wouldnt be able to feel this sense of rebellion and would not abuse drinking as much as they do today The curiosity of alcohol wouldnt be as high and the fruit wouldnt be so forbidden anymore Prohibiting teens to drink in public places such as bars and restaurants has the effect of them drinking in an unsupervised location which turns into
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