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We The People in order to form more consistent age restrictions

December 15, 2017

Around the world, the age of when a teenager transitions from a teen to an adult varies. In America, that age could be debatable— whether it be 18 or 21.

Having to be 18 years old for some things and 21 for other can make it confusing for when a person actually becomes an adult. Legally, in the United States one becomes an adult at the age of 18 since they are now able to participate in various forms within the government, such as voting and enlisting in the army.

We feel that if a person can participate in these forms, they should be able to drink and do other various activities like other adults around the world.

According to todayifoundout. com “As for a general age most developed countries of the world consider someone an adult, this is usually (somewhat arbitrarily) set at 18. Exceptions include countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia where 15 is the age of majority, Cuba where it’s 16, and North Korea where it’s 17. Speaking from a religious standpoint, historically 13 for males and 12 for females was considered the age of majority in Judaism- essentially aligning with when most in said genders would have become reproductively mature.”

In Europe, the drinking age starts as young as age 16 for beer and wine, but for harder alcohol, they have to be 18 years old to purchase or consume it, according to tripsavvy.com.

From looking at these various ages, the United States should decide on a age, 18 or 21, when citizens should participate in all these various activities since it could alleviate the confusion between what one can and can’t do at the age of 18.

According to alcoholproblemsandsolutions.org, they noted that there are only a handful of countries that their drinking age is over 18, “Nicaragua[19] ,South Korea[19], Iceland [20], Japan [20], Paraguay [20], Indonesia [21], Kazakhstan [21], Oman [21], Pakistan [21], Palau [21], and Sri Lanka [21].”

The rite of passage into adulthood can be 18 or 21, but laws should enact order and consistency and having two ages for the various “adult” activities is all but consistent.

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