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Minors should not be allowed to consume alcohol and more steps should be taken against it.

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Started: 6/8/2013 Category: Health
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Gienek26

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I've had this conversation with friends of mine whom regularly drink and they seem to be perfectly fine with it. But they don't seem to understand the concept that when minors drink they are at a greater risk than adults simply because their bodies are not fully developed yet. They also bring up the fact that most cops simply don't care/ ignore about the minors and simply try to find the person who sells the alcohol, not realizing the fact these kids will still look for a way to obtain it and continue drinking effectively accomplishing nothing. All in all I'm simply looking for some willing to support alcohol for minors and somehow justify it.
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We allow minors to exist and consume many chemical compounds which could potentially be fatal to them. The 'healthy' starch found in many foods is in fact a far more significant cause of obesity than the advertised 'saturated fat' demon [http://www.3fatchicks.com...] which seems to creep up every no and then in more economically developed countries which seem to have little else to worry about (other than the debt they owe to other countries for helping them get to where they are in the first place, that is). In fact, the only reason starch is considered healthy in any way is because athletes, who burn the fat they gain from it and convert it straight into muscle, are amongst the fittest of our species. In a way, it's like associating the fact that many drunkards are amongst the most fun and passionate people you will ever meet... When they are drunk, that is. In the same way that starch would cause someone leading an unhealthy lifestyle to gain a disproportionate amount of weight, alcohol does the same. In fact, if a minor were to get off their lazy butt and do regular exercise frequently they could actually both enjoy a very wild night out and still maintain a good social and academic status (it's not a coincidence that the highly socially-ranked jocks and cheerleaders are the clique most commonly associated with underage drinking). In fact if you looked at an average school, you'd notice that most of the people on honour rolls are actually in the social group who regularly party and drink on somewhere around a fortnightly basis. I don't have evidence to prove this but... It's pretty common knowledge if you are not from a very conservative upbringing. Essentially, my first point is that alcohol, which is based mainly on the chemical structure of ethanol, is merely a potentially lethal chemical compound, much like starch. In terms of ethics alone, it is exactly the same in that if someone were to intake alcohol and on top of that lead an unhealthy life then of course this is where it becomes dangerous.

I will now directly quote a source and then analyse what it says later. Please do not consider this plagiarism.
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"While tolerance takes time to build, older age can take it away.

"Older people can be snowed by alcohol amounts that hardly touched them when they were younger," said Dr. Peter Martin, director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Physical changes and changes in brain wiring as we age make it easier to feel the effects faster, said Martin.

For postmenopausal women, the changes in estrogen levels significantly slow alcohol metabolism, said Fingerhood."


This would indicate that there should not only be a minimum age for people to consume alcohol but also a maximum one. It is clear, however, that the concern for the aged may be rooted in the fact that it's beneficial for the government to allow these retired pensioners to rot away as soon as possible and perhaps this incessant need to prevent an aging population is the reason for coming down much harder on minors as opposed to no legal restrictions at all on the elderly for overdosing, perhaps much more than a minor who received a far worse punishment for their less severe act. So, clearly it is slightly hypocritical if we were to base the prohibition of alcohol on tolerance alone.

Additionally, since men don't hit menopause, it would indicate that we should engage in restrictions no only on an age-wide basis but also a gender-based one, however the age limit for men and women are still uncapped and only have a minimum baseline ranging from 15-21 worldwide (although spirits are only ever allowed at 18 worldwide, someone countries allow drinks such as beer and wine at a younger age). http://en.wikipedia.org...


Now we are beginning to see that the only reason left to ban minors from consuming any and all forms of alcohol would be simply because it makes life easier on parents to know that if they let their little wild child out that no, properly trained, shopkeeper is going to give them alcohol (unless they are one of the oddball teens who hit puberty ridiculously early and look about 18 at the age of 14... Akon even says so: (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com...).

Thus, it follows that there is no genuine reason to completely and utterly ban alcohol consumption for minors and more steps would therefore not be required in such a direction. If anything we should allow minors to have it and experience it freely, because let's face it; it's only fun to puke the morning after with a banging headache when you knew that everything you did from the moment you et the liquor touch your mouth was 'wrong'. In fact, being drunk in public itself is illegal for any and all ages in many more economically developed nations [http://en.wikipedia.org...] and drinking past one's limit is a very stupid idea regardless of age as well. It seems that the arbitrary matter of determining a minimum aged would merely depend on what religious outlook, or degree of severity in such matters, a nation's government took.

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