Lowering Drinking Age

Paige Key
P. Homer
English 0099
9 November 2010
Lowering the Drinking Age to Eighteen
Many people think the legal drinking age should remain at twenty one.   Upon reaching the age eighteen a person can join any branch of the United States Army.   A teenager is able to join the war and die for his or her country, but yet he or she still cannot purchase or consume an alcoholic beverage.   Not only joining the United States Army is a privilege at eighteen, but voting, marrying, and buying tobacco products are also privileges.   Amendment twenty-six section eight states “The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any states on account of age.”   Although many people think the drinking age should remain at twenty one, it should be lowered to eighteen.
First, the legal age to drink should be lowered to eighteen because eighteen to twenty year olds are more responsible as twenty one year olds.   Many eighteen to twenty year olds show as much responsibility as a twenty one year old because they go out and join the Armed Forces.   While a twenty one year old is out procrastinating about joining a branch of service the eighteen year old is enlisting in some kind of branch.   The eighteen year old is gaining responsibility and learning leadership.   So when the younger person goes out for a drink or two, he or she knows how much to consume.
Second, lowering the drinking age is the fact that a person’s body does not stop developing at the age of eighteen and he or she definitely do not reach their maturity level at twenty one.   According to the National Youth Rights Association, a twenty one year old is different than an eighteen year old.   Maturity is something a person gains throughout their whole life.   Maturity is not something a person gains when he or she turns twenty one.   While gaining maturity a person’s mind is developing mentally and physically.   Since the...