The drinking age should be lowered to 18 in the united states. I believe that if an 18 year old is considered to be an adult and considered to be responsible for his or her own decisions and life, then why should it be too much to ask that they are allowed to consume alcoholic beverages? Upon turning 18 you become legally an adult and with that adult status you can do things that under 18 cannot legally do such as get tattoos and body piercings, such as buy tobacco products, vote, lottery, sign legally binding documents, move out on your own, get married, get a credit card, buy a car, buy a house, and most importantly, you can defend and die for your country but no, you cannot have a glass of wine with your dinner, or go to a bar with your friends and have a few drinks. Making drinking at the age of 18 illegal does not stop it from happening, it only forces young adults to drink in secrecy without the supervision or advice of much more experienced drinkers or people educated on the subject such as bar tenders. I believe that uneducated underground drinking in young adults is far more dangerous than making it legal. They are going to do it anyway, somehow or another. Why not make it easier for them to be safe about it?