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Andrew Lazarow Is There Really a Big Difference Between 18 and 21 Years Old? Ever since 1984, when the drinking age was raised to 21 years old, people have been arguing that it should be lowered. Recently this argument has become an even more debated topic because of the actions of over 100 college presidents. The college presidents believe that the 21 year old drinking age is not working so in response they signed a petition stating so. Until these college presidents decided to speak up, the argument of a lower drinking age was not being heard by the necessary people because the young adults and teenagers who were arguing for it did not have enough influence. Today both sides of the debate are being heard and considered carefully because of the drastic impact that a change in the drinking age could have on the nation. All facts, from people’s safety to their rights and responsibilities, are being taken into consideration in this debate that is shaping up to last for a long time. One of the strongest arguments for lowering the drinking age to 18 is the fact that having the drinking age at 21 means the United States Government is taking away a person’s rights to drink. At the age of 18 a person is trusted with the right to vote which means the government feels they are responsible enough to help decide who will be running our country. If a person is able to make an important decision, like who is going to run our country, then they should be able to decide if they can drink an alcoholic beverage or not. Also at the age of 18 a person is allowed to join the army. This means the government feels that an 18 year old is old enough to fight and die for his or her country, but is not old enough to be trusted to drink an alcoholic beverage. 18 year olds also are eligible to be asked to sit on a jury and in some cases can decide if another person spends their life in prison or if they are innocent. If a person can put the life of another person in their hands, why shouldn’t they be allowed to put their own life in their hands (Streeter, 2009)? That being said the United States is one of only four countries in the world that
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Andrew Lazarow has the drinking age as high as 21 and although the cultures may be slightly different, these other countries are still giving their citizens the right to make the choice for themselves (McCardell, 2009). The government creating a drinking age as high as 21 years old is like the government is having a prohibition for 18 year olds to 20 year olds. The government is not telling people under the age of 21 to drink in moderation or drink responsibly, they are saying do not drink at all and that is prohibition (McCardell, 2009) The last time a prohibition took place it failed dramatically in stopping people from drinking. All the prohibition did was force the drinking underground.
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  • Spring '07
  • Alcoholic beverage, Drinking culture, Alcohol law, Legal drinking age, National Minimum Drinking Age Act, Andrew Lazarow

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