Why the drinking age should be 18

Face it, most of you all underage drank. If you are one of the few that didn't, you have quite the willpower. I felt like it took centuries to turn 21. When I finally did, well nothing really changed I just didn't have to worry about being caught anymore (which is a nice weight off my shoulders, to say the least) but while counting down those days to my birthday, I realized how dumb it is for the drinking age to be 21 in America, but 18 for the rest of the world.

1. Obtain a alcoholic beverage serving license


A few states allow you to serve alcohol to adults while being underage. Being from Wisconsin, I have been bartending for almost 4 years. Does it make sense to serve alcohol, but not drink it? Seem's odd to me.

2. Join the military.

1-26 INF, 2nd BCT, 101st ABN DIV conducts live fire exercise NIE 17.2



3. Write yourself off at the doctor.


If I can have complete legal control of myself medically without my parents consent, that's a big responsibility that seems more concerning than having a few drinks.

4. Buying tobacco, vapes, and other forms of nicotine.


Some states are now requiring you to be 21, but if I can [as a teenager] buy something that can possibly give me cancer, I should be able to have a drink, hangovers over cancer any day.

5. Vote.



6. Buy lottery tickets.


Talk about gambling? That takes responsibility.

7. Apply for credit cards.


You can start building credit as a TEENAGER, and if you screw that up, it follows you for the rest of your life. But society thinks we are responsible enough at 18.

8. File a law suit.


In the eyes of the law, they think that you are ready...as a kid????

9. Be summoned for jury duty.


Teenagers determining a criminals fate? Scary stuff.

10. LEGALY move out of the house.

The world thinks you are responsible to live on your own by then.

11. You can adopt and animal...AND A PERSON.


You're telling me you could be given the responsibility of raising another child, but not responsible enough to have a drink out to eat? Hmmmm.



I mean come on...

13. Get a tattoo.

Another big decision.

14. Change your name.


Another big deal.

15. Buy a house.


Guys seriously...

16. Create a will.

Should probably have good judgement for that, but society thinks you're ready at 18.

17. Apply for loans.

Another potential credit destroyer.

18. Buy fireworks.

Celebrating the 4th of July


I mean come on these can be way more dangerous than alcohol.

Least to say is if the law says I can do all these VERY ADULT, RESPONSIBLE THINGS AT 18, I sure as hell can have a drink while I'm at it. That's just my two cents. Plus the rest of the world's drinking age is 18, and they seem to be doing just fine.

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