U.S. Legal Drinking Age

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The alcohol prohibition was unsuccessful. In 1920, the government decided to put a ban on alcohol in the United States which made it illegal to consume or possess the substance. This was a disastrous failure because the government lost a large amount of revenue from taxes and illegal alcohol trafficking began. Due to the illegal events, in the early 70s the legal drinking age was lowered to eighteen. In 1988, the government threatened to cut off highway funds to states that did not re-raise the drinking age to twenty-one years of age. To many people, this is ridiculous considering the following four points: at the age of eighteen an American citizen is considered an adult which can go to war and die for their country; an American citizen can be sentenced to death as well as vote at the age of eighteen which affects what happens to its nation; colleges around the nation are supporting the lowering of the drinking age to eighteen because the administration would have more control over the amount of alcohol students consume; lastly, when I lived in Europe, the relation between no legal drinking age and the substantially lower number of alcoholics and drunk driving deaths when compared to the United States was apparent because responsible drinking was taught at a young age.

The legal drinking age in the United States should be revamped to eighteen years of age to respect the rights of young adults and protect their safety by teaching responsible drinking at a younger age.

At the age of seventeen one can actively enroll themselves in the United States Marine Corps. One who joins the Marines is doing a faithful act of dignity in serving and protecting their country. Upon reaching adulthood one is rewarded responsibilities to show they are grown...