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marfensty
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Elijahhill97
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Should the alcohol limit be lowered to 18?

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Elijahhill97
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/23/2014 Category: People
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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marfensty

Pro

I believe that it should be lowered to 18 because when you turn 18 you are said to be an adult and along with adulthood comes the privilege of drinking.
Elijahhill97

Con

The drinking age is 21 because of the maturity and accidents that 18 year old drinkers caused. Here are some facts and a website to help anyone understand why the drinking age was returned back to 21.

"MADD's "Why 21?"" website touts a National Traffic Highway Administration finding that the raised drinking age policy saves around 900 lives a year. Traffic reports show a 62% decrease in alcohol fatalities among teen drivers since 1982. Raw numbers show that drunk driving fatalities have definitely dropped since the early 1980s; despite an 88% increase in the number of miles driven, 2007 saw over 8,000 fewer total alcohol-related traffic fatalities than 1982.(http://mentalfloss.com...)

"Lowering MLDA 21 would be medically irresponsible. Alcohol consumption can interfere with development of the young adult brain's frontal lobes, essential for functions such as emotional regulation, planning, and organization. When alcohol consumption interferes with this early adult brain development, the potential for chronic problems such as greater vulnerability to addiction, dangerous risk-taking behavior, reduced decision-making ability, memory loss, depression, violence, and suicide is greater.(http://drinkingage.procon.org...)"

"The right to drink should have a higher age of initiation because of the dangers posed by drinking. Many rights in the United States are conferred on citizens at age 21 or older. A person cannot legally purchase a handgun, gamble in a casino (in most states), or adopt a child until age 21, rent a car (for most companies) at age 25, or run for President until age 35. Drinking should be similarly restricted due to the responsibility required to self and others.(http://drinkingage.procon.org...)"

These are only a few reasons why the drinking age is at a correct age limit and should stay there. thank you.
Debate Round No. 1
marfensty

Pro

marfensty forfeited this round.
Elijahhill97

Con

Since my opponent forfeited I will hold my argument till next round.
Debate Round No. 2
marfensty

Pro

marfensty forfeited this round.
Elijahhill97

Con

Thanks for the debate.
Debate Round No. 3
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Vote Placed by Ozzyhead 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: The forfeits were sad. But since con argued he gets all the points. There was nothing to compare his to, and something wins automatically compared to nothing
Vote Placed by Comrade_Silly_Otter 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con offered sources, Pro FF2 rounds as well.
Vote Placed by bluesteel 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeit and Con proves the higher drinking age saves lives by preventing drunk driving deaths.