Running Head: DRINKING AGE – LOWER IT? 1 Conflicting Viewpoints: Drinking Age – Lower It? Johnny Gregory III Strayer University Dr. C. Hunsucker PHI 210: Critical Thinking July, 24, 2016 Introduction Legal age 21 is inconsistent with our notion of what it means to be an adult in the United States. In America, eighteen-year-olds can vote, operate a motor vehicle, pay taxes, marry, become a legal guardian, own a gun, fight and die in a foreign country, and even hold a government position. A lower drinking age would allow parents, families, and other guardians to instill safe drinking practices with their children. As it is, people who begin drinking at an early age do not have a safe avenue to learn about sensible
Drinking Age – Lower It? 2 drinking choices, and must do so behind closed doors, increasing their risk of unsafe drinking habits. Premise #1: The right to drink should have a higher age of initiation because of the dangers posed by drinking. Eighteen (18) is the age of adulthood herein the United States, which entitles us to vote, smoke cigarettes, serve on juries, get married, sign contracts, and to be prosecuted as adults. It is interesting that we turn to these young Americans and asked them to join our military and purposely risk their life for our country. There is no greater danger for an 18 year old than to be in the middle of a war zone. It is apparent that their actions
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