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robergemsc2015
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MeehanMSC2015
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Lower the drinking age to 18

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MeehanMSC2015
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/16/2015 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (5)
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robergemsc2015

Pro

If you can enlist in the army and be drafted at age 18, you should be able to crack a beer.
MeehanMSC2015

Con

No the drinking age should not be 18. The point of arguing that someone who can serve should be able to drink is irrelevant. Training someone with a weapon is completely different from drinking a beer. Years ago when the alcohol age was 18 many more teens died of car accidents, alcohol poising, etc. The drinking age should remain 21, 18 year olds are not yet capable of drinking.
Debate Round No. 1
robergemsc2015

Pro

You say that training someone with a weapon is different, and that's true but using an automatic weapon is much more dangerous work. Drinking is a maturity issue, and at 18, the age where children become adults, they are mature enough to crack a cold one.
MeehanMSC2015

Con

Training with an automatic weapon is dangerous but that's why its called training so it doesn't become dangerous. There is no training for alcohol. The effects of alcohol on the body are disastrous both physically and psychologically. Alcohol is much more harmful to the body than training to use an automatic weapon. regardless of age or weight alcohol kills you from the inside. I almost positive the deaths by alcohol are much higher than the deaths due to expert training with a military weapon.
Debate Round No. 2
robergemsc2015

Pro

The legal age to do tobacco products like smoking cigarettes is 18. If we are allowed to do these products at 18, then why can we not drink alcohol. Tobacco products cause more deaths per year than drinking, so would it not be harmful to do these products?
MeehanMSC2015

Con

I agree with your point on the tobacco age being 18, yet I disagree because of the consequences alcohol has. Tobacco has its issues such as lung cancer and gum cancer; however, it does not impair your motor skills. For example, a person can smoke (tobacco) and drive and not be effected. Alcohol, on the other hand, impairs your motor skills to a point where a person might not be able to operate a motor vehicle.
Debate Round No. 3
robergemsc2015

Pro

I agree with your point as well, and that people should not be able to drink and drive. Regardless of what age you are, that should be illegal because of how dangerous it is. However, this should not affect the age that we can drink while not operating a vehicle.
MeehanMSC2015

Con

Most people do not drink and drive, yet I am saying that more people at the age of 18 are not ready to make decisions of that caliber. Many 18 year old's have not yet experienced responsibility in the real world. 21 is a good age for the drinking limit because people at this age have experienced some type of responsibility and know the consequences of their actions.
Debate Round No. 4
robergemsc2015

Pro

At the age of 18, people havew already been through 12 years of schooling, and are considered adults by society. They have made life altering decisions such as where to go to college, and have had many experiences which mature them and make them ready to drink.
MeehanMSC2015

Con

I personally do not agree with your point although some 18 year olds are ready to make their own decisions most are not. The society we live in is constantly dealing with deaths from drinking and driving imagine if we put a new driver on the road who just became legal to drink. Although some can make good decisions most can not.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by UttermannMCS15 1 year ago
UttermannMCS15
The pro side put forth a great argument and made valid points.
Posted by JohnRollerimsc2015 1 year ago
JohnRollerimsc2015
At first I thought I was going to agree with the pro side of the argument, but by the end of the argument, I agree with the con side. I believe that the con side did a much better job at debateing this topic.
Posted by dillmsc2015 1 year ago
dillmsc2015
I agree with the pro side on this argument because everything important in our lives such as voting, enlisting in the army, and many other things become available to us when we turn 18. This is when we become an adult officially so drinking should be allowed. Also many European countries' legal drinking age is 18 or they do not have one so why should America be behind everyone else?
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Vote Placed by Stefy 1 year ago
Stefy
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Reasons for voting decision: The 18 year old brain is not yet fully matured until the mid twenties for both sexes. And i think con is right about the increased death rate that would result. Cigarettes kill over time with illness. Alchohol can kill you in a night the second you go over your limit or get in a car.