Are Some Age Restrictions Just Too High?
Adulthood: where does it begin? In reality, that answer kind of depends on which metric of adulthood you're looking at, as the minimum legal ages for things – ranging from driver's licenses to military service and legal recreational cannabis – varies. Across the gamut of minimum legal ages in the United States, one thing is consistent: there is no consistency.
Are there some things that the minimum age requirement is too high on, though? Is it fair to require people to be 21 to legally purchase alcohol? Is 18 a good minimum age to set for tattoos without parental consent?
The age to acquire birth control
Depending on the state, the minimum age to acquire birth control without parental consent ranges from 16-18.
The age to buy cold medicine
In some states, 18 is the minimum age to purchase certain over-the-counter cough and cold medicines.
The age to rent a car
The retirement age
The age to buy tickets to R-rated movies
Individuals under age 17 require an accompanying parent or guardian (age 21 or older) to attend R rated performances.
The age to purchase and drink alcohol