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Lower the drinking age

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Started: 3/1/2011 Category: Society
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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lgennarelli

Pro

The drinking age should be lowered. If at eighteen a kid becomes an adult, than why are they not allowed to have a drink? I see where people have the concern of college kids drinking, but at eighteen a person is an adult and should be allowed to make their own decisions. In the past the drinking age has been changed many times, so there is a chance it may be changed again. An eighteen year old should be allowed to have a glass of wine at dinner, or a beer at a wedding. It is not fair that people considered adults can't do something so much of as having a drink. The drinking age should be lowered to eighteen that way the whole adult population is legally allowed to consume and buy alcohol. The government does not mind sending eighteen year olds to war, but when it comes down to someone their age wanted to casually have a drink, it is illegal. It is not fair and the drinking age should be lowered.
CAPLlock

Con


Ah yes the common "Its just not fair" argument

  • The use of alcohol as a way to forget problems or to "mellow out"
  • A conscious effort to seek out more drinking opportunities
  • Boasting and a "big shot" complex
  • Drinking is not social but a psychological escape from stress and problems
  • Lack of recognition by the person that he or she is in the early stages of a progressive illness
  • Increasing tolerance
  • Gross Drinking Behavior - more frequent drinking of greater amounts
  • An ability to drink great amounts of alcohol without any apparent impairment Why would a college student need this?
Debate Round No. 1
lgennarelli

Pro

Yes, these are all reasons some people drink, but this does not apply to all people. Who says drinking is not a social escape. It is possible for someone to sit down and only have one or two drinks. Not everyone drinks to get drunk or to do harm to their body. Underage drinking happens all the time and lowering the drinking age would stop those people from hiding it. It would make them and people around them become more aware if the drinking became a problem. Lowering the drinking age can do no harm. It will stop the underage people from hiding and may even stop those people from drinking. Underage kids like the thrill of doing something their not suppose to be doing. Lowering the drinking age could make that thrill go away. The drinking age was eighteen once before and there is no reason it can not be eighteen once again.
CAPLlock

Con

What good will it do? Underage drinking we can't stop. So whats the point? This is worthless. Its fine where its at.
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It is possible for someone to sit down and only have one or two drinks. Not everyone drinks to get drunk or to do harm to their body
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It is. But what about those you can't just drink two?Thats a large number of people.
http://www.cdc.gov...
Approximately 92% of U.S. adults who drink excessively report binge drinking in the past 30 days.2
Although college students commonly binge drink, 70% of binge drinking episodes involve adults age 26 years and older.3
The prevalence of binge drinking among men is higher than the prevalence among women.4
Binge drinkers are 14 times more likely to report alcohol-impaired driving than non-binge drinkers.3
About 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinks.5
About 75% of the alcohol consumed by adults in the United States is in the form of binge drinks.5
The proportion of current drinkers that binge is highest in the 18- to 20-year-old group (51%).3
Debate Round No. 2
lgennarelli

Pro

Exactly, we can not stop underage drinking, but we can stop these kids from going into hiding and drinking, where as if it were legal, they would be in public where others could even teach them modification.
http://www.cbsnews.com...
Over 200 college professors signed a petition in favor of lowering the drinking age. We cant stop underage drinking, lowering the age would make younger drinkers more aware of what they were doing, since they wouldn't be hiding it. Mark Becker a chief of police officer in Colorado says they are trying to enforce a law that is unenforceable. He believes instead of them cracking down on kids for a violation they should be on the roads stopping drunk drivers. That is where the focus should be, not on kids having a party.
This debate is about lowering the drinking age, not how binge drinking happens with all adult and underage drinkers in the country. You are giving me information without
relating it.
CAPLlock

Con

CAPLlock forfeited this round.
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