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“Here's to Alcohol: the Cause of, and Solution to, All of Life's Problems.”

  • Date Submitted: 10/17/2011 11:18 AM
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“Here's to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.”
The United States is very different from many other countries in many different ways.   One of these ways is the way that we look at drinking and the age at which we allow people to legally consume alcohol.   Our country was founded on Puritan beliefs, which doesn’t surprise me as to why we have such a high drinking age when compared to other countries.   Many of which have no drinking age at all.   Underage drinking is considered to be a major problem today and there is really not much that can be done about it unless you’re caught.   Even if someone is caught this rarely stops them from picking up the bottle again.
In the United States, you are considered an adult when you hit the ripe age of eighteen.   At this age we are given many responsibilities.   We can be fully emancipated from our parents giving us the freedom to choose our own paths so we are given the right to vote and decide the fate of our country, and the ability to join our military and fight in wars.   These are huge responsibilities to take on at that age.   However, we are not allowed to have a celebratory drink or have a good time with friends, legally?  
“Currently, we prohibit 20-year-olds from sipping Champagne at their own weddings!” (Engs)
Over my spring break in my senior year of high school, I visited France and was given the opportunity to experience an environment where there was no drinking age.   It was probably one of the most interesting and eye-opening experiences and it was very interesting because their values and beliefs were not what I was used to.   It was very eye-opening to me because I was treated more like an adult in a country where I barely could understand the language than I was in my own country where I grew up and knew quite a bit about.   In France, we could go into a Pub and sit down order a drink and just have a good time.   We weren’t looked at as if we were too young or that we weren’t going...


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