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Propping Up the Drinking Age

In Youth Rights on September 30, 2013 by edwinforyouthrights Tagged:

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

Sting operations to know if a restaurant, bar, or store sells alcoholic beverages to people who are 18-20 years old is oppression. This type of enforcement for the drinking age shows the extreme extent which governments will go to. This is the same type of strategy used by police officers to catch people who sell illegal drugs. Law enforcement agencies usually conduct those sing operations but organizations, such as Catholic charities, sometime conduct those sting operations. The drinking age should be lowered to 18.

There was a sting operation in the Washington, DC metropolitan area earlier this month. In that sting operation, all of the people who went to restaurants, bars and stores were 18-19 years old. They were furthering their own oppression. Young women and young men who are 18-20 years old should not be in sting operations which are used to enforce the drinking age. Furthering one’s oppression does not make for a better person. A goal for the movement to lower the drinking age to 18 should be to discourage young women and young men from being in that type of sting operations.

Despite ageist laws, it is alright if young women and young men who are 18-20 drink alcoholic beverages responsibly. Driver licenses and learner permits which say that a person is 20 years or under is intolerance against young women and young men. Sting operations are overreaching strategy for enforcing a high drinking age.

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