Legal drinking age should be lowered to 18 in US
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While I would love to live a free country where any adults are allowed to consume alcohol (or any drugs, as a matter of fact) at will, I argue against the proposition as I don't believe that the United States of America is ready for a policy yet because:
1. Lack of education - the outcome of US education system is consistently below the rest of the developed nations; while we would all like to think that our "adults" are informed and responsible, the fact is that our K-12 is not preparing our young adults properly in critical thinking and taking responsibilities.
2. Lack of public transportation - this is the main argument for our current drinking age. Young adults between the age of 18 and 21 are much more likely to be involved in car accidents. And given the fact that DUI is the leading cause of car accident deaths, in addition to the necessity of driving within much of the country, it is thus reasonable to impose such restriction on young drivers... After all, they won't just be harming themselves, but they can kill a responsible driver like you and me!
3. Lack of proper driving training - in places such as Germany and Hong Kong, drivers are subjected to extensive training that require much longer length and proven ability. Young drivers do not need another legal way to drive worse in this country until they have at least a few years of driving experience.
Thank you again and I'm looking forward to your response!
You are right, there will always be someone stupid... Which is an argument for maintaining our drinking age.
As for negative stigma, I can argue that more people will drink more if we view it positively.
Germany has lower drinking age but Hong Kong has a higher driving age... It doesn't matter since they have a fully functional public transit; we don't so too bad for us...
Haha, I guess binge drinking might be a way to promote more responsible drinkers, but unless we do that first I don't think it is a good idea to lower drinking age.
Thank you for you response and great points!
The age should basically be lowered on the simple fact of if I am an adult when I turn 18 I should have the choice to destroy my body with whatever I want to.
Also most people have had alcohol before they turn twenty one anyway so why not lower the drinking age to cut down on legal cost of charging people between 18 and 20 with minor consumption charges?
Problem is you are not only destroying your body, you can crash and kill me, too.
Of course there will always be people who break the law and the legal implementation will incur unwanted consequences for some; but so does the law against murder, does it mean we should legalized murder as well?
Thank you for the debate, vote for Con!
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Vote Placed by bladerunner060 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Both sides had some formatting/S&G issues. But it was equal enough. As was conduct. Nobody really sourced. As to arguments, Pro brought up the point that there was no reason to have the limit, which seems to prima facie fulfill his BoP. Con's only reason seemed to be that three more years leads to more driving experience--none of his other arguments supported a drinking age limit, there was nothing age-specific about them. And that one was uncompelling. As such, arguments to Pro. As always, happy to clarify this RFD.
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