Something Has to Change!

Sydnee Henderson, Reporter

In 1984 the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was put into effect. The law prevents adults under 21 from being able to purchase alcohol.

This policy is an unjust to younger Americans who can vote, marry, enter into contracts and serve in the military at 18, but cannot buy  alcoholic beverages. Brown University anthropology professor said,

Alcohol has no mystique. It’s no big deal. By contrast, where it’s banned until age 21, there’s something of the ‘forbidden fruit’ syndrome,”

— Dwight B. Heath

I agree. When teenagers and young adults are told that they can’t do something, their immediate reaction is to rebel. By making it seem like it is such a grand thing to drink by making it illegal, causes them to want to do it. How are 18 year olds able to risk their lives but not to take a drink as older people. They are “adult” enough to make decisions that puts their lives in danger for America, but not enough to be trusted to know their limits. It just doesn’t make sense to say that 18 years olds are responsible enough to marry but not to drink.

Should the legal drinking age be lowered to 18?

  • no (100%, 4 Votes)
  • yes (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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When you commit a crime at the age of 18 you get charged as an adult, just as you would if you were 21. But if you step into a bar at 18 you are not treated as an adult, you are told you are too young.

At the end of the day, if they are unable to drink at 18 then it should not be okay for them to serve in the military, marry, or be charged as an adult before the age of 21.