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Lower the Drinking Age to 18

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The day any American citizen turns 18 years of age, they are able to begin their adult lives. They can get married, buy a car, sign a binding legal contract, purchase and participate in pornography, sue or be sued, and fight and die for their country in the military. Unfortunately, for these "young adults" between the ages of 18 and 20, they are unable to celebrate their marriage with a toast, cannot drink with their fellow soldiers during the hard times of war.

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act was created to promote safety, especially in terms of drunk driving and the health of teens. By raising the drinking age, the country hoped to limit the number of drunken youth on the road. Statistics today show that the largest percentage of drunk driving occurrences happen within the ages of 21 to 24. Instead of teaching kids to drink responsibly and stay off the roads, we refuse to allow people to drink legally until they are 21, and then they go wild: drinking, driving, causing accidents, killing innocents. Another problem that the National Minimum Drink Age Act caused was an increase in binge drinking, an increase in the number of fake IDs, and an sharp decrease in the number of teens who seek help for alcohol poisoning. Teens feel as if they have to drink large amounts of liquor before going out for the night, so that they can stay drunk (as they have the inability to drink at a bar). Studies published on the National Institutes of Health and the US National Library of Medicine show that almost half of all college students have used a fake ID to purchase alcohol at some point. And because alcohol is so easily accessible, and binge drinking occurs before going out, teens are more likely to drink until they get alcohol poisoning. I myself have had countless friends refuse to go to the hospital for this potentially fatal poisoning, and an ambulance was called only after they had passed out from being too drunk.

Although the National Minimum Drinking Age Act does not set the age at which Americans can drink, it punishes the states for lowering their drinking ages. I am asking you, the federal government, to repeal this act and let the states take care of their own drinking laws. We all became an adult at 18, so why can't we drink too?

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22 hours ago
Someone from Jacksonville, FL writes:
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Absurd that people can't toast their accomplishments, year can vote at 18!
1 day ago
Rose O. from Portland, OR writes:
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It is ridiculous. Basically everywhere in the world the legal age is 18. You are legally an adult at 18 in America, So what's the point of keeping drinking until 21? All this law is accomplishing is fining and jailing innocent people for drinking under 21.
January 7, 2017
Someone from Draper, UT writes:
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I would like to propose a return to the drinking age for beer and wine to be 18 or 19, and for liquor, 21. Repeal the National Minimum Drinking Age Act!
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Someone from Powell, OH writes:
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The United States is a country of freedom and all other countries have 18 as the legal drinking age. It's a shame that we are losing our basic freedoms. I can fight and die for my country, but I can't consume alcohol? It's outrageous!
January 4, 2017
kimberly w. from millville, NJ signed.
January 2, 2017
Adrian W. from Winnetka, IL signed.
December 10, 2016
Someone from Portland, OR signed.
December 1, 2016
JKyle K. from Cresco, PA writes:
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It is the parents responsibility to educate their children in all matters of life. It should be the parents who should decide when their kids are ready to imbibe. But they first must be responsible with their own drinking. I have done the research and other countries with more lax laws have less alcohol related incidents.
November 29, 2016
Someone from Port Deposit, MD signed.
2 months ago
Izzy A. from Lancaster, CA signed.