Licensed to Kill, but not to drink

6 04 2008

The United States has the highest legal drinking age in the world. All citizens must be 21 years of age before they are allowed to purchase alcohol. By the time a person is 18 years old, they are considered a legal adult. At 18, a person can be tried as an adult in a court of law. They can get married. They can join the military and kill other people to protect our country’s way of life, but they can’t consume alcohol.


Chances are that you, who is reading this blog, have consumed alcohol before the age of 21, and thus, according to our current laws, you are a criminal. You rebel, you. Well, you’re not really that rebellious. Most people don’t wait until they are 21 to drink. Some studies indicate that The average age at which Americans begin drinking regularly is 15.9 years old.

By treating our young adults as if they aren’t competent enough to drink responsibly, our country instills the idea that drinking is supposed to be an out-of -control experience.  American youths often go haywire when drinking because it’s forbidden. The same problems don’t occur as often in countries such as France and Italy, where light drinking is introduced at early ages.

If I were the Emperor of the United States, I would change the legal drinking age to 18.  A legal adult should be treated like an adult.

(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) – Beastie Boys