Pro: Drinking Age

Americans love to drink alcohol.

In America, the legal drinking age is 21 and over. Though some may argue that because 18 years old legally makes one an adult, then why is alcohol off limits?

It’s unnecessary to place a random age limit on alcohol. Eighteen years of age is as fine a year as any to give people the opportunity to make a risky decision. At 18-years-old, you can join the military, get a tattoo and go to jail.

If spending my time reading “The Catcher in the Rye” and watching “The Breakfast Club” taught me anything, it’s that when authorities tell people to do something, the more their curiosity piques, and they end up doing the opposite.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, “Although drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States.”

Obviously, putting an age limit on the legal drinking age does not seem to be working.

If America were to lower the age limit to 18-years-old, it would greatly benefit. By having a lowered age limit, parents and mentors could have a greater opportunity to educate young adults on the dangers alcohol bring and put the choice to use alcohol responsibly in their hands.

After being in social situations where I had the option to drink, I am very grateful to my parents for teaching me about adult situations involving alcohol that everyone is bound to run into. People will be exposed to alcohol at any age by just living their life.