Alcohol at 18

Brittney - Hinton, Oklahoma
Entered on April 30, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

I know that its an old story that keeps repeating, but alcohol consumption should be legal at 18. Most people repeat the normal arguments you can vote, you can fight, but I have a few more arguments.

Sure you can go to war and vote, but what else? In the U.S. when you turn 18 you are legally considered an adult. I will be 18 in a few months. Drinking alcohol is not the biggest thing on my mind, but I do not want to wait until I’m 21 either.

I will be able to move out of my parents house and be on my own. I want to legally be able to have a party at my new house with alcohol so my friends and I can celebrate.

How can we buy tobacco but not alcohol? Tobacco does not make you loopy at the moment, but in the long run it is more fatal. Tobacco kills more people and is more addicting. So wouldnt alcohol be better?

I know that if I were to get pregnant at 18 I could get an abortion. Although I never would prevent a life in a cruel way some people do. We can prevent life and kill babies, but still not drink alcohol.

Alcohol is about self-discipline, not age. Epictetus once said, “The good or ill of a man lies within his own age.” This quote means that people mature at all different ages. Some that are younger are more responsible than those who are older.

When drinking alcohol you need to be respnsible. I have had an uncle die and an aunt in a coma because of drunk driving. To help this not happen, I believe there should be more ads about not driving drunk. If it is more publicized, less people will do it. We could also get cab companies out in the rural areas. I think if we had cabs available we would not drive drunk. As long as you are responsible, age should not matter.

Teenagers can be rebellious and irresponsible but there are still a select few of us that are very responsible. I have always been told I’m mature for my age and very responsible. I know the effects of alcohol, so I would not be irresponsible with it. Yet I am still being held back. I believe alcohol consumption should be legal at the age of 18.