Drinking Age of 18 should be abolished (UK)
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I disagree with you, because this is not a matter of responsibility. This is a matter of health. Basically, if any kid under the age of 18 years old drinks alcohol, they run a great risk to create damage to their brain cells due to their developing mind.
So, education will not help in this issue as much as a law forbidding alcohol use under this age. Though, we have to explain this to children, so we do whatever we can to prevent them from drinking alcohol. We don't need to teach anything about it in schools. It will take less than a minute to explain to kids how alcohol can be dangerous to them, just as fast as I actually did to you now.
First of all i will state my main arguments then counter yours.
On the NHS website, it states that drinking under the age of 14 can cause damage to health. 14 is very different to 18. If moderate drinking values are instilled at a younger age then the health benefits of moderate drinking can be taught to younger people, such as increased heart health and longer life. Although most of the evidence suggests that moderate drinking is more beneficial later in life, teaching these values to children while allowing them to experiment with moderate alcohol use can help to ensure that thy will drink alcohol responsibly in the future.
In our country there is a culture of binge drinking, unlike any other country in Europe. Although this is a cultural issue i believe that there is much to be said for abolishing the drinking age and aiming to instill more responsible drinking values. By having the age of drinking at 18 the act of binge drinking for people under the age of 18 becomes one of rebellion, by taking this away some of the appeal is removed.
In addition to this in countries like Germany with a very rich drinking culture, children at the age of 13 are allowed to drink beer and can purchase undistilled alcohol at the age of 16. This allows them to become accustomed with how much alcohol is suitable for them and also to learn that alcohol is perfectly safe when used is a responsible way.
By telling people that alcohol is dangerous that wont help them. In places where sex and drugs education is "DONT" that is generally where the highest levels of teenage pregnancy and drug abuse is. By saying that alcohol is dangerous it wont stop people from drinking it, the same way saying "don't do drugs kids" doesn't stop people from taking drugs. You need to teach in schools that alcohol can be fine when enjoyed responsibly. By purely pointing out the disadvantages of drinking, e.g. alcoholism and binge drinking, you miss the main point of the education which is to accept that many will want to try alcohol and the main way to minimize the risk for them is to teach how to consume alcohol safely.
In America where the drinking age is generally higher, the number of alcohol related deaths is almost 1 in 10. They also have huge problems with excessive drinking upon reaching the 21st birthday, as they have received no education and since the consequences of drinking are far more severe they have no clue about their personal tolerance. This is why abolishing the drinking age would be beneficial along with more intelligent education.
Again, it's not a matter of responsibility. Any kid under 18 years old should not consume alcohol. A law is made to protect them. Abolishing it will not make much of a difference. Irresponsibility is inevitable about the matter. Your notion is that a law forbidding the consumption of alcohol makes it more attractive. Should we legalise drugs as well? No, we should not do that for the irresponsible people who want to drink alcohol (or take drugs) because they want to feel "rebellious".
And it's much more easier and effective making a law forbidding alcohol consumption under the age of 18 years old, instead of making a law that forbids children to consume alcohol under the age of 15 and bind children that are 15-18 years old to drink no more than once a week with an adult present. Can you see how ridiculous is this? I don't say that you recommended a law like that, but in a country that a lot of people die from drinking too much, a law must exist. So, what's it gonna be?
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