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Cupcake-Debates
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MaxLascombe
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Should the legal drinking age be changed to 18

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MaxLascombe
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/6/2013 Category: People
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 695 times Debate No: 41825
Debate Rounds (3)
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Cupcake-Debates

Con

I would say no because many reasons. I am doing an essay and I need supports for why it should. Please comment.
MaxLascombe

Pro

As my opponent has not yet put forth any arguments, I will use round 1 as an acceptance round.

I will be debating for the legal age of drinking to be changed to 18.

I look forward to my opponent's opening arguments.
Debate Round No. 1
Cupcake-Debates

Con

Cupcake-Debates forfeited this round.
MaxLascombe

Pro

As I will be giving the last argument, I believe my opponent should give the first. I would like to know what he has to say about the subject.
Debate Round No. 2
Cupcake-Debates

Con

Cupcake-Debates forfeited this round.
MaxLascombe

Pro

As my opponent has not yet given his opening arguments I will give mine:

1. 18 is the age of adulthood. Adults should have the right to make there own decisions regarding alcohol. If their country does not trust them with this how can adulthood be taken seriously? Today, turning 18 entails receiving the rights and responsibilities of adulthood to vote, smoke cigarettes, serve on juries, get married, sign contracts, be prosecuted as adults, and join the military ; some of these things are dangerous, but as people have become adults, they have the right to choose whether or not they want to do these dangerous things. Why should they not choose to drink or not?

2. If drinking from 18 - 20 becomes legal, than there will be less alcohol related problems. This is because as they will be drinking in regulated environments, it will not be as dangerous as underage drinking today. As these people will be allowed to drink in restaurants, bars, etc., they will be in a place that can make sure there is no reckless behavior with alcohol.

3. Most countries where the drinking age is 18 have smaller numbers of drunk driving fatalities.

4. Lowering the drinking age would lower the thrill in illegal drinking by people 18-21.
This would in turn reduce the consumption and reduce accidents surrounding alcohol.

5. Lowering the drinking age would reduce the number of underage people who are hurt from alcohol-related injuries or accidents due to fear of legal consequences if they sought medical attention.

6. Lowering the drinking age would benefit the economy.

I reduced the number of my points as my opponent did not have the opportunity to give any.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by dunc22 2 years ago
dunc22
Its 19 in Canada 18 in some provinces here
Posted by kbub 2 years ago
kbub
In the USA, right?
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Vote Placed by RoyLatham 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Arguments introduced by the challenger in the last round must be ignored, because the opponent does not have a round to refute them. The debate concluded with neither side making any valid argument. That means that whoever had the burden of proof did not meet it. Pro was advocating a change in the status quo, and he also accepted the Pro position in the debate, so he had the BOP. He therefore loses arguments. When an opponent forfeits one or more rounds, the debater should always go ahead and make a case. Keep piling on so long as you have something to say. Con loses conduct for the forfeits.
Vote Placed by Ragnar 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: FF.
Vote Placed by janetsanders733 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Good job to both debaters. However, I think Pro gave many good reasons that could possibly work if alcohol was legal. He showed how other countries have a lower drinking age, and they are doing fine. He also showed how lowering the drinking age to 18 would keep people from having more accident-related deaths, due to alcohol.
Vote Placed by gordonjames 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Points to PRO CON FF looking for help on a paper