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DRINKING AGE

In the United States, the current minimum age to legally purchase alcohol is 21, which makes it one of the highest in the world. Drinking is also one of the few areas where you can legally be discriminated against based on your age after reaching legal adulthood. It has a serious impact not only on what people can do in the privacy of their own home, but also what jobs they can obtain, and even whether they can see their favorite band. It influences how our society questions the maturity and capabilities of young people well after it makes any sense to do so. In challenging our absurdly high drinking age, we can create a society that gives young Americans the respect we all deserve.

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