The Drinking Age Essay, Research Paper
The Drinking Age
The drinking age is twenty one because all the people making the laws are over twenty
one. So they take a biased way of thinking. When we are eighteen we can smoke, vote, and be
drafted into the army, yet we aren?t capable of deciding for ourselves to have a beer or two. Why
aren?t we protesting this outrageous indignity? On the other hand, drinking has caused many
deaths and many more injures when its not handled right and abused.
First of all, when we are eighteen we can decide whether we want to join the army and be
trained to kill people and go to war and be shot at!! But we can?t decide for ourselves whether or
not we want to drink. This doesn?t make sense to me. Also we can smoke when we are eighteen.
Smoking kills just as many people if not more than drinking. Yet we can make that decision.
Smoking causes cancer, and many many more conditions compared to drinking that causes liver
problems only after sever abuse of it. Smoking has many chemicals including carbon monoxide
which is so poisonous that we have alarms in our houses to detect it, but we can smoke and not
Second, we can vote when we are eighteen. We can vote for bills and bonds that change
our lives. We can vote for the senators and the entire Congress that propose laws that govern our
society. We vote for the President who is the commander of millions of troops whom he can send
to their deaths in a minute?s warning. The leader of the free world we can elect, but we aren?t
intelligent or old enough to decide for ourselves if we can drink. The drinking age for many other
countries is nonexistent or at eighteen. For example Canada about 3 hours drive from here, do
they have a problem with 18 year olds drinking? No.
Third, why aren?t we protesting? When the government tried to prohibit alcohol totally,
we protested until they changed the law. When the voting age was twenty one, we protested until
they changed it to 18. Where has that frame of mind gone? Has society oppressed us into mindless
robots who don?t question authority that others impose onto us? We have they produced a
generation of stagnant nonexpresive, noncaring unquestioning, following zombies.
Drinking has caused many deaths and injuries by abusers who drink and drive and just
plainly abuse it. But should we all be blamed for a few peoples abuse? For example some people
hack so should we stop everyone from using computers because of the abuse of some? Drinking
in small amounts even has a benefits by cleaning out the arteries.
Drinking is a part of our society. It has been since the beginning of civilization. Why
deprive a section of our society from joining in? When we are eighteen, we can smoke, vote and
be drafted but we cant drink. This makes no sense at all. More importantly why aren?t we
protesting. Protesting worked before and it can work again.